Festivals Australia

Festivals Australia will support participation in, and access to, the arts and aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector.

The Commonwealth will provide approximately $1.2 million each financial year to support the presentation of arts and cultural activities that will enable community members living in regional or remote Australia to participate in or attend an arts driven experience at a festival, or significant one-off community celebration.

Festivals Australia will fund high-quality arts or cultural heritage projects for participant and audience engagement, through activities such as a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition. Projects must be a single discrete activity, not a range of unrelated activities across a festival program.

Application process

Applications for Festivals Australia are closed.

Program rounds will usually close in the last week of September and March each year. Applications must be submitted by the advertised closing date for each of the two rounds per year.

To apply to Festivals Australia you will be required to complete and submit an application online. The application form has been designed to assist you to demonstrate how your proposal meets the objectives of Festivals Australia and to address the assessment criteria.

As part of the application, you must complete a project work plan and a detailed project budget. You must also provide artist confirmation forms for each of the participating artists and evidence of community support for the project.

Assessors will only consider up to 10 pages of additional information.

Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible.

You must read the program guidelines carefully before preparing an application form.

Here are some other forms that may assist with your application:

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