Touring Queensland Fund

The Touring Queensland Fund (TQF) supports the delivery of high quality, tour-ready work to and from regional Queensland communities with demonstrated community interest and demand.

TQF includes support for exhibitions, performances and community engagement activities, as well as touring arts and education activities, and artists in residence projects targeted at schools and kindergartens in regional Queensland.

Through this program, Arts Queensland supports artists and arts organisations to deliver artistic outcomes, employ creative and cultural workers, and engage communities to deliver on the priorities described in Creative Together 2020-2030.

A component of the fund delivers outcomes under the Queensland Government’s Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative (BIA) and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy (VACS) (a partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts.


  • Ensure all Queenslanders have access to the arts by supporting high quality performing, visual arts and exhibition tours in communities across Queensland
  • support the growth of tour ready products and services by Queensland based First Nations artists and arts organisations
  • maximise employment opportunities for Queensland artists and arts workers
  • support access for audiences to a vibrant and diverse range of arts product
  • respond to the challenges on viability of touring models as a result of COVID 19 impacts.

Funding available

  • Up to $20,000 for artists in residency projects
  • Up to $150,000 total per application for up to two tours
  • Up to $200,000 total per application for touring programs of three or more tours.


2022 Round

Opening date

Closing date

Funding announced

For activity commencing after


26 April 2022

20 May 2022


15 July

Funding streams

  • Performing Arts Touring – single tour
    Supports single tours of performances and/or community engagement activities, including theatre, circus, classical and contemporary music and dance tours.
  • Performing Arts Touring –  multi-tour program
    Supports programs of touring performances and/or community engagement activities, including theatre, circus, classical and contemporary music and dance tours.
  • Exhibition Touring
    Supports regional touring for all forms of cultural heritage, visual arts and craft exhibitions, including exhibitions containing multi-media, moving-image installations and design.
  • Arts and Education
    Supports regional schools and kindergartens to access high quality touring product and artists in residence programs with strong demonstrable links to the Australian Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework.

Eligibility criteria

TQF applicants must:

  • be based in Queensland
  • demonstrate that the touring product is from Queensland
  • include at least two Queensland communities in their touring proposal (or at least one regional location if applying for artists in residence only). Applicants based in regional Queensland must include at least one regional Queensland community (other than their own) in the two locations and metropolitan applicants must include at least two regional Queensland communities.

Additional eligibility criteria apply. See TQF guidelines for a full list of eligibility requirements.

How to apply

  1. Read the Touring Queensland Fund documents: guidelines, application form, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and important information for applicants.
  2. Apply online.

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.

Help with touring

Tours can be self-managed, or negotiated through any Queensland tour coordination service.

Exhibition stream applicants may wish to consider engaging specialists for assistance with:

  • developing funding applications, budgets and itineraries
  • exhibition development and logistics(e.g. freighting and crating consultants)
  • venue servicing.

Museums and Galleries Queensland can be contacted by email at or on telephone 07 3059 9740.

More information

Online submission through SmartyGrants is Arts Queensland's preferred method for receiving application forms and outcome reports for funding programs.

If circumstances prevent you from providing your application or outcome report in this format please contact an Arts Investment Officer on (07) 3034 4016 or toll free 1800 175 53, or email

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