Please read the information outlined in Essential reading before applying.
The Arts Organisations Program provides funding to vibrant arts organisations that contribute to a sustainable and thriving arts culture in South Australia.
The Arts Organisations Program provides annual or multi-year funding for small to medium arts organisations to support Creativity, Success, Artistic risk, Ambition, Reach and Access.
Annual funding provides between $50,000 and $100,000 per annum. Multi-year funding provides more than $100,000 per annum.
Applications made in 2018 are for funding from 1 January 2019.
Arts Organisations Program 2018
Arts South Australia (ASA) acknowledges the ongoing impact of the Australia Council for the Arts’ four-year funding outcomes on the sector and organisations currently funded through the Arts Organisations Program.
ASA also acknowledges the work organisations have undertaken to recalibrate and re-think business models to enable a sustainable future. We recognise that organisations across the small to medium sector are exploring and developing support and strategic investment partnerships and collaborations. We recognise the work our major organisations are doing to enhance opportunities or formalise partnerships that support our small to medium sector.
In 2017, ASA suspended the need for an investment or funding partner for organisations affected by the Australia Council’s four-year funding outcomes.
While the requirement for Multi-year applicants to identify a strategic investment partnership and/or funding remains, ASA will discuss this requirement with organisations that were affected by Australia Council funding outcomes on a case by case basis. ASA will also meet with the affected organisations regarding their business and activities in 2018.
Peer assessors will consider business models, programs and activities that support robust and viable organisations and respond positively to the challenging funding environment.
Peer assessors will also consider the South Australian small to medium arts landscape and how best to support organisations to remain strong and important contributors to a dynamic arts sector.
Closing dates for the Arts Organisations Program 2019 are TBC.
If you have any questions about applying to this program, please contact Angela Salomon on 8463 5446 or at email@example.com
Click here to download the 2018 Arts Organisations Program Public Report.
Click here to see the list of Arts Organisation Program Peer Assessors.
Click here to download the information above as a PDF document.
All organisations applying to this program must:
- be currently funded through the Arts Organisations Program, or be recognised by Arts South Australia as having a recent, three-year track record of successful peer assessed projects funded through this or other Arts South Australia programs. It can also include peer assessed project funding through Carclew and Country Arts SA
• be legally constituted (e.g. as an incorporated association or a company).
All applicants to the program must meet with Arts South Australia to verify eligibility and provide a copy of the organisation’s 2016 or 2015-16 signed audited financial statements.
Applicants must have acquitted outstanding Arts South Australia grants.
In addition, Multi-year applicants must also:
• identify strategic investment partnership/s and/or funding for the funding term (cash and/or in-kind) which supports organisation’s business and operations. This may include:
- Australia Council for the Arts - Four-year Arts Organisations funding
- Multi-year project funding
- Local Government
- Collaborations with other organisations
- corporate partner
- sponsorship, philanthropic/donor.
• demonstrate diverse income sources and work towards a minimum 30% income which is derived from sources other than Arts South Australia
• demonstrate that the organisation's base level of 'earned income' is achievable and can be sustained
• nominate one national and one international organisation as aspirational benchmarks of artistic quality and business practice.
Organisations receiving Arts Organisations funding may also apply to:
• Independent Makers and Presenters:
o Building Pathways
o Project grants (for international touring and expansion of markets only)
o Artists in Residence
o Major Commission
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Arts Development
• Contemporary Music
• Public Art and Design
• Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability
• Community Arts & Cultural Development Project Funding for Organisations
Annual and Multi-year applications will be assessed on the organisation's ability to meet all the following criteria:
- Artistic Merit
Artistic merit may refer to:
• innovation, originality, quality, creativity and ambition
• the track record, creative achievement and skill of the artist or artists involved
• the context in which the work is being undertaken
• the potential contribution to the development of the art form
• evidence of experimentation, risk taking and bravery.
Viability may refer to:
• the planning and resources required to achieve the potential of the proposal
• the ability of the applicant to meet the logistical challenges of the proposal
• evidence of strong financial and operational management, including a realistic budget and timeline
• evidence of additional resources and support, including other sources of income and in kind contributions.
Engagement may refer to:
• the potential to grow audiences and their critical understanding of the art form
• the development of new markets, locally, nationally and/or internationally
• the development of new ways to engage with those markets
• the potential to provide a broader range of people with opportunities to participate in arts experiences, through strategies that increase access, social inclusion and cultural diversity
• evidence of deeper engagement with, and the involvement of, particular communities and/or audiences and the delivery of artistic benefits to them.
Development may refer to:
• the development of artist and art form practice
• the potential to enhance the skills and/or professional reputation of the applicant
• the capacity to forge new pathways for artist and sector development
• the capacity to develop new networks, collaborations and partnerships
• the contribution to South Australia’s reputation as a centre of cultural leadership at a national and international level, and the resultant economic benefits.
In addition to completing the application form all applicants must address the following three areas:
All applicants must address the following three areas:
- Your vision
Multi-year applicants please tell us about your vision for the next three years (2018, 2019 and 2020) and how this funding will help you achieve this. Max 1 A4 page.
Annual applicants please tell us about your vision for the next year (2018) and how this funding will help you achieve this. Max 1 A4 page.
- About your organisation
All applicants are to provide a brief summary of your organisation’s purpose, core activity and the role you play in the arts and cultural sector including the material benefits you are providing to South Australian artists (e.g. artists’ and creatives’ fees, performance income, employment, exhibition and publication opportunities, career development and learning opportunities). Max 500 words.
Multi-year applicants please tell us about your key achievements over the past two and a half years (since 1 January, 2015) and provide an update on the 2017 January to June activities (including how you have engaged and built audiences and community participation). Max 500 words.
Annual applicants please tell us about your key achievements over the past year and an update on the 2017 January to June activities (including how you have engaged and built audiences and community participation). Max 500 words.
Organisations applying for Multi-year funding are required to provide the following information as part of the application:
- a completed Multi-year application form
- a response to the Application questions
- a detailed artistic program and activities for 2018 and program outline for 2019
- a 2018 budget
- a three year Strategic Plan including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs 2018–2020). KPIs must include the following:
• goals that link to Arts Organisations Program criteria
• working towards a less than 5% variation between budgeted and actual result
• employment of South Australian artists, creative or industry professionals.
- completed Quantitative data summary template
- evidence of strategic investment partnership/s and/or funding (e.g. confirmation of partnerships and/or funding for the funding term).
- 2018 budget (refer Arts Organisations Program budget template)
- signed audited financial report for 2016 (for organisations in calendar year operations) or 2016-17 (for organisations in financial year operations
- financial statements as at 30 June 2016.
Please note that Organisations that receive less than $100,000 per annum through the national Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy (VACS) may be considered for Multi-year funding with Arts South Australia.
Organisations applying for Annual funding are required to provide the following information as part of the application:
- a completed Annual application form
- A response to the Application questions
- a 2018 budget
- a detailed artistic program and activities for 2018
- statistical data – a completed Quantitative data summary (please use the Quantitative data summary template).
- 2018 budget (refer Arts Organisations Program budget template)
- signed audited financial report for 2016 (for organisations in calendar year operations) or 2015-16 (for organisations in financial year operations
- financial statements as at 30 June 2017.
What may be funded:
• core costs of the organisation, including salaries and on-costs, administration (including rent, insurance, telephone and power), marketing and promotion and the provision of member services
• artistic activity, such as creative development, production and exhibition expenses, publications, payment of artists' fees/salaries, or freight and travel costs.
What will not be funded:
• applications that do not involve professional artists or emerging professional artists (artists in the first five years of their careers) in either process or outcome
• competitions, prizes, awards, or award exhibitions.
- Arts Organisations Program application template
- Arts Organisations Program budget template
- Quantitative data summary template and Glossary
- Strategic Plan (Multi-year applicants only). Please note: Multi-year applicants may use the Australia Council for the Arts’ Strategic Plan Framework to develop its strategic plan. This Strategic Plan Framework outlines key areas for a strategic plan.
All documents must be submitted on the appropriate Arts South Australia templates.
Applicants will be assessed on the written application and a discussion between members of the organisation and the Arts Organisations Peer Assessors. The peers may also take into account:
- attendance at, and appraisals of events, performances and exhibitions
- invited, external peer reviews
- industry reviews, videos and recordings, referee reports and other support material
- previous Arts Organisations Program annual acquittal reports, including audited reports and KPIs
- broader Government policies, directions and priorities.
Meeting the funding criteria and performing well in the past funding period does not entitle an applicant to funding beyond the current period. Ultimately, the success of the application will rest on its merits against the criteria in competition with other applicants.
Arts South Australia will not accept emailed, faxed, or late applications, or applications postmarked after 5pm on the closing date.
Performance-based funding agreements
All funded organisations will be required to enter into a performance-based funding agreement with Arts South Australia for the period of funding.
Fixed level multi-year funding arrangements may be subject to change if the budget or policies of Arts South Australia are reduced or changed.
Annually funded organisations will be expected to:
• submit a revised program and budget
• submit an acquittal report.
Multi-year funded organisations will be expected to:
• submit a revised annual program and budget for each year of the funding term
• submit six-month financial report - Profit and Loss and Balance sheet by 30 September (for organisations in calendar operating) or 30 June (for organisations in financial year operating)
• submit an annual acquittal report.