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Organisations Fund

The Organisations Fund provides multi-year funding to contribute to the core operations of small to medium organisations in delivering arts and cultural activities that generate public value to Queensland. This value is derived through innovation, inclusivity and economic growth; including the employment and promotion of Queensland artists and arts workers.

The Organisations Fund now also incorporates visual arts, crafts and/or design organisations seeking multi-year funding through the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy (VACS).

The Organisations Fund will be assessed in a two-stage process; with an EOI application required and if successful, an invitation to submit a further Full Application.

Arts Queensland, through its Arts Acumen initiative, has a range of tools and templates available to support funding applications.

An online Q&A session was hosted by Arts Queensland on 2 February 2016 to answer questions and provide resources regarding this Fund.

You can view the conversation on our Facebook event page.


The Organisations Fund provides quadrennium funding to Queensland-based arts organisations that aim to collectively achieve the objectives of:

  • a leading group of arts organisations with demonstrated public value
  • delivery of diverse, high quality arts products and services for and from Queensland
  • strong partnerships and connections with broader industries, communities and business
  • employment and promotion of Queensland artists and arts workers.


From 2017 the Organisations Fund is a quadrennium fund providing four-year (2017 – 2020) funding for small to medium Queensland-based arts organisations.

Eligibility criteria

All applicants must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a Queensland-based not for profit, non-government organisation or a Queensland-based incorporated association or company
  • have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland funding
  • not be in receipt of Arts Queensland funding as an Arts Queensland shareholder company, Arts Statutory Body or major arts organisation as recognised by the State and Federal governments
  • VACS applicants must be recognised and have a core focus as a Queensland-based visual arts, craft and/or design organisation.

Arts Queensland will also consider, on a case-by-case basis, applications from arts and cultural organisations that are directly supported or owned by an academic and/or training institution.

When can I apply?


Key date

Organisation Fund 2017-2020 EOI opens

18 January 2016

Expressions of Interest (Stage 1) closes

2pm, 11 March 2016

Notification of Expressions of Interest outcomes

Mid-April 2016

Full Application (Stage 2) closes

2pm, 9 May 2016

Notification of Full Application outcomes

July 2016

How to apply

Stage one: EOI application

  1. Read the Organisations Fund 2017 – 2020 documents to access the guidelines, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and a Preparing your EOI Application Fact Sheet.
  2. Apply online.

Stage two: Full application

  1. Successful EOI applicants should read the Organisations Fund 2017 – 2020 documents: Guidelines, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and Full Application Toolkit (when available).
  2. Applicants will be required to apply online.
  3. Applicants will also be required to attend a pitch presentation with the assessment panel – comprising of a 10 minute pitch and a 10 minute Q&A session.

Who will assess my application?

All applications to the Organisations Fund (2017 – 2020) will be assessed by members of the Organisations Fund Assessment Panel. Information about the membership of the panel will be kept confidential to Fund Applicants and to Arts Queensland staff members (with the exception of a small administration team) during the assessment process to avoid potential conflicts of interest for panel members. Panel membership will be released at the end of the assessment process to promote transparency in government processes.


The minimum amount that can be applied for through the Organisation Fund is $60,000.

Visual Arts and Crafts (VACs) funding is capped at a maximum of $55,000 per annum.

The Organisations Fund will not fund 100% of an organisation’s operations and on average will provide no more than 35% of an organisation’s annual income.

More information

Contact an Arts Investment Officer on (07) 3034 4016, 1800 175 531 (toll free), or

Important information for applicants covers:

  • Information privacy and right to information.
  • Other income.
  • Paying award industry rates.
  • Who is ineligible.
  • Feedback and review of decision.
  • Submitting your application.
  • Important information for successful applicants:
    • Agreement processes
    • Variations
    • Tax
    • Intellectual property
    • Acknowledgements
    • Reporting on outcomes
  • Glossary of terms.

View previous funding recipients.

Data dictionaries

Data dictionaries provide definitions of measures, calculation methods and counting rules.

Make sure you read the data dictionary for this fund before you start any activities to make sure you collect data in the required way.

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Last updated
21 March 2016

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