New pathways to four-year funding for Queensland’s arts sector

Chronis-Yan on UnsplashThe Organisations Fund 2022-2025, offers Queensland arts organisations that contribute significantly to the state’s cultural vibrancy, community wellness and economic recovery the opportunity to secure multi-year funding.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Organisations Fund is central to the Palaszczuk Government’s investment in the arts and cultural sector and is essential in the delivery of Creative Together 2020-2030, our 10-year vision for a state renewed and transformed by arts, culture and creativity.

“The arts is key to delivering our plan for economic recovery, each year injecting $8.5 billion into the state’s economy and employing more than 92,000 Queenslanders,” said Minister Enoch.

“The Organisations Fund supports more than 400 full time equivalent positions and delivers more than 10,000 activities that engage, entertain and inspire more than 2 million people annually.”

“This future-focussed fund is part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, providing investment in diverse and emerging organisations that are innovative, investment ready and responsive to audience demand.”

“For the first time the Fund has been structured to include a dedicated pathway for small or emerging organisations to transition into the multi-year fund, while also supporting established Queensland arts and cultural organisations who deliver a substantial program of activity.”

“This new approach offers certainty and ensures a strong pipeline of arts organisations to support important social and economic outcomes including job creation and regional development across the state,” said Ms Enoch.

The Organisations Fund 2022-2025 will offer two bands of funding. The first band is for applications of up to $100,000 per annum for emerging organisations with a focus on innovation, while the second band is for established not for profit arts organisations, who can apply for funding over $100,000 per annum.

This four-year funding investment is critical following the impacts of COVID-19, and will support the sector to deliver programs, festivals, exhibitions and events that engage communities across the state.

Minister Enoch also announced a new fund to be introduced in 2021, which seeks to support emerging First Nations performing arts organisations with multi-year funding.

“This new opportunity will build on the Backing Indigenous Arts Performing Arts programs and recent investment in the development of new First Nations works through the Palaszczuk Government’s $22.5 million two-year Arts and Cultural Recovery Package,” said Ms Enoch.

“The new fund will be a focus of the First Nations Arts and Cultures Panel when it is established later this year, to extend support for First Nations performing arts.”

The Organisations Fund 2022-2025 is a competitive program and submissions will be assessed by an independent panel. The application process is in two stages with an initial Expression of Interest closing 22 February 2021, followed by an invitation to shortlisted applicants to submit a full application. For more information, visit: for details.

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