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Tips for grant applications

  • Read the grant guidelines before you start your application. Any government funding body has to use a fair and transparent process to assess applications.
  • The guidelines set out the process and criteria for assessment. Follow the process and answer the criteria to make your application more competitive.
  • Show the demand, community need and public benefit of your project.
  • Government grants consist of public money.
  • Give objective evidence that there is public demand for, or benefit from, your project to increase your chance of success.
  • Be clear about the nature of your project.
  • If we can’t form a clear picture of what you plan to achieve, it will reduce your chance of success.
  • Have a person not involved in the project read your application before it is submitted and make sure they understand the project.
  • Be concise and make your application stand out.
  • Avoid acronyms.
  • Spell check and grammar check your application.
  • Your application will be one of many—if you write it well, you will make our assessment easier.
  • Demonstrate the outputs, outcomes and impact of your project.
  • Outputs—the statistics like number of shows, tickets sold etc.
  • Impact—the legacy and changes to lives and communities.
  • Think about how you will measure and evaluate the project. Consider whether the methods are rigorous and will stand up to scrutiny. Government agencies need to report on how they have invested funding. The outcomes and data need to be credible.

More information

Get help with applying online.

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
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16 March 2015
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