Arts & Humanities

Capacity Building Stream

The next iteration of this program is co-funded by the Sidney Myer Fund and the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation.

This round of the program will be exclusively for South Australian artists and SME eligible arts organisations and will distribute $250,000.


Grants 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 $1.37 million over four years (2015 – 2018) across all states and territories.

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 2015 iteration of the program distributed $250,000 to ensembles, collectives, and groups based in Victoria and Tasmania. In 2016 the Sidney Myer Fund and Tim Fairfax Family Foundation collaborated to distribute $500,000 in support of Queensland and Northern Territory artists and arts organisations.


The current round of the program is open to South Australian 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 2015,
  3. Are highly connected within their network, and
  4. Have an annual turnover of less than $1.5 million dollars.


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 will open on 14 March 2017 and close at midnight AEST on 9 April 2017.

Selection Process

Applicants to this program will be assessed by Sidney Myer Fund and James and Diana Ramsay Foundation in consultation with sector experts.


Applications for the current round will open on 14 March 2017 and close at midnight AEST 9 April 2017. Decisions will be advised in June 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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