Festivals Australia supports community participation in, and access to, the arts and aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector.

How it works

Who can apply
Regional artists, arts workers, and organisations can apply for arts and cultural projects that encourage community participation and audience engagement from people living in regional and remote communities in a festival or community celebration.
When to apply
There are two funding rounds each year which generally close in March and October each year.
Funding available
The Australian Government provides approximately $1.2 million each financial year through this program.

Program Information

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About The Program
Funding application period: 
September 18, 2017 09:00 AEST to October 20, 2017 17:00 AEDT

Funding is for projects commencing after 1 February 2018.

Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.

Projects must be a single discrete activity, not a range of unrelated activities across a festival program.

All applications are assessed with the assistance of independent assessors.

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The Festivals Australia logo is used to acknowledge Australian Government support for projects funded under Festivals Australia.


Festivals Australia Frequently Asked Questions are currently being reviewed and updated. Revised FAQs will be available shortly.


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Funding applications

Starts September 18, 2017 09:00 AEST
Ends October 20, 2017 17:00 AEDT
Days Remaining 32 of 32