The RISE Fund is supporting the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations who are seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities. The program is intended to assist by providing finance to assist the presentation of new or re-shaped cultural and creative activities and events.

How it works

Who can apply?
Organisations with the primary purpose of -the arts and entertainment that can demonstrate that in the absence of this funding, their activity would be substantially less likely to proceed due to a constrained availability of finance as a consequence of COVID-19.
When to apply
The open competitive grant opportunity opened on 31 August 2020 and will remain open until all funds are allocated. Applications will be accepted at any time.
Funding available
The RISE Fund will provide $200 million over 2020–21 and 2021-22. Funding decisions will consider a balance across art forms and types of activity, geographic and community diversity, and generation of jobs.

Program Information

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About The Program
Funding application period:  August 31, 2020 09:00 AEST to December 31, 2021 23:45 AEDT

On 25 March 2021 the Government announced an additional $125 million in funding for the RISE Fund, available until 31 December 2021.

Applications remain open and can be submitted anytime.

Revised guidelines will be published on in the coming weeks, to make it easier for multiple businesses and organisations to access the program to put on a show, including pre-production support; and encourage projects from as low as $25,000.

Applications for these types of projects can be submitted now under the existing guidelines. Please contact the RISE Fund Team to discuss an application prior to making a submission at or call 02 6271 7971.

Applications are batched for assessment. Closing dates for your application to be considered in the next funding Batch will be published here.

COVID-19 update

With the COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) pandemic affecting all of Australia's arts and cultural sector, the operations and financial stability of arts organisations have been significantly affected.

The RISE Fund is delivered to support artists and organisations affected by COVID-19 through the delivery and presentation of activities across all art forms to audiences across Australia. Projects that target audiences in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas will also be taken into account, as well as projects that involve tours and use local regional pre-production and production, services and support acts.

Activities will contribute to the organisation's financial viability, job creation, and support for Australian artists or performers and their work. They will provide experiences to audiences, and/or be of a nature that is likely to be popular with Australian audiences.

Up to date information about COVID-19 and how it relates to the arts sector, can be found on the COVID-19 update page.

If you have any questions or need further information, please email the RISE Fund at: or call 02 6271 7971.

Program information

The RISE Fund is investing $200 million over two years as part of the Australian Government's Arts and Cultural Development Program that supports participation in, and access to, Australia's arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression.

Funding application period: Applications opened on 31 August 2020 and will remain open until all funds are allocated.

To apply for funding through the RISE Fund, organisations should submit an application using Department's SmartyGrants online portal. The SmartyGrants application form is designed to assist applicants to demonstrate how their proposal meets the objectives of the program by addressing all the assessment criteria. All eligible applications will be competitively assessed against the assessment criteria.

Program documentation

Before applying, you must read the RISE Fund guidelines. The guidelines include eligibility criteria and information about the application and funding process. The guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be accessed at the Australian Government's GrantConnect website.

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The RISE Fund logos are used to acknowledge Australian Government support for activities funded under the Fund.


Phone: 02 6271 7971

Funding applications

Started August 31, 2020 09:00 AEST
Ends December 31, 2021 23:45 AEDT
Days Remaining 239 of 488