Arts & Humanities

Capacity Building Stream

The 2017 West Australian round of this program is co-funded by the Sidney Myer Fund, Minderoo Foundation, and Spinifex Trust. Applications to this round closed on 1 Oct 2017 with decisions announced in December.

The next round of the program will be for NSW and ACT applicants. Opening and closing dates for the round will be announced early in 2018.

Grants in the WA round will be made between $20,000 and $50,000, over two financial years, in two equal installments, to support the recipients’ core activities and capacity building initiatives. This program will distribute $1.45 million over four years (2015 – 2018) across all states and territories in co-funded rounds with the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation (Qld and NT), the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation (SA), and the Minderoo Foundation and the Spinifex Trust (WA).

This program seeks to strengthen and grow the independent arts and cultural sector in Australia by granting money to ensembles, collectives, groups and organisations that are highly connected within their sector, and producing excellent work.


The West Australian round of the program was open to performing and visual arts organisations, ensembles, or collectives who

  1. Are producing excellent work,
  2. Have presented at least one season of work since December 2016,
  3. Are highly connected within their network, and
  4. Have an annual turnover of less than $1.5 million dollars.

Music groups and screen-based arts organisations will not be eligible for this round of funding.


This program will assess applicants based on their body of work and their ‘connectivity’ within the sector. ‘Connectivity’ describes an applicant’s relationship with other groups, artists and organisations within the sector. By granting money according to these criteria this program hopes to see impact of the grant felt as broadly beyond the individual recipient as possible.

Application Process

Alongside the submission of contact details, applicants will detail their production and creative history. Applications opened on 4 September 2017 and closed at midnight AWST on 1 October 2017.

Selection Process

Applicants to this program will be assessed by Sidney Myer Fund, the Minderoo Foundation, and the Spinifex Trust in consultation with sector experts.


Applications for the current round opened on 4 September 2017 and closed at midnight AWST 1 October 2017. Decisions will be advised in December 2017.


No feedback on individual applications, successful or otherwise, will be provided.

You can learn more about this program on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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