Catalyst supported a broad range of arts projects, especially those by small to medium arts organisations.

The Government transferred the majority of funds allocated to Catalyst to the Australia Council for the Arts on 1 July 2017. All existing Catalyst funding agreements have been honoured and those with payments scheduled in 2017-18 and beyond have now been transferred to the Australia Council for ongoing management.

As part of the 2017-18 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) process, $1 million per year of the retained Catalyst funds was allocated to the ongoing operation of Creative Partnerships Australia from the 2018-19 financial year. The remaining 2017-18 Catalyst funds were reallocated to strategic projects that address urgent needs in other areas of the arts.

The Government’s continued investment in Creative Partnerships Australia will support the arts sector – in particular individual artists and small to medium arts organisations. Options for the investment of the remaining funds from 2018-19 onwards are currently being considered.

About the program

Catalyst supported a broad range of arts projects, especially those by small to medium arts organisations. The Government has transferred the majority of Catalyst funds to the Australia Council, with a total of $80.2 million over four years to be transferred to the Australia Council from 2017-18.

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Who we've funded

We have funded 203 projects from 957 applications under three different streams:

Catalyst statistics

As at July 2017 the Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund program had:

  • funded 203 projects from 957 applications
  • committed more than $37.5 million for 2016–17 and over four years
  • provided 76% of total funding to small to medium organisations
  • funded projects in more than 1140 locations across Australia and overseas.

The breakdown of applications funded by states and territories is:

ACT 4.4%, NSW 32%, NT 4.4%, QLD 8.9%, SA 9.9%, TAS 4.9%, VIC 27.6%, and WA 7.8%.

Of the funding to Australian projects, 49% are in metropolitan areas and 51% are in regional and remote locations. More than 24% of funded projects include overseas activities.

Logos and acknowledgement of Australian Government funding

Visit Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund logos to acknowledge Australian Government support for activities funded under the Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

Contact us

To contact us:

  • Email: catalyst [at] arts.gov.au
  • Phone: 1800 590 577.