You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to be eligible.
We will consider supporting:
- Authors who have previously published at least two full-length books of their own work (including plays professionally presented), or have a substantial publication record with shorter work, in the following genres: fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult literature, poetry and writing for performance.
- Visual artists who have at least five years of professional experience with a minimum of three exhibitions in public and commercial galleries.
Applicants may submit one application per round to the Cultural Fund provided they have already acquitted any outstanding previous Cultural Fund grants.
You can apply for a grant for either $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000.
One funding round is held every year.
For deadlines, terms and conditions, or to apply click here.
I have published work in literary journals and magazines – am I eligible for a Create grant?
Yes, if you have a substantial body of work that has been published in literary magazines or journals, as creative writing or significant feature-length journalism, you are eligible for a CREATE grant.
Can I apply for a Create grant to write for an academic journal?
No. CREATE grants support the creation of creative work and are not intended to support academics with scholarly or academic works that are for an academic audience.
Does writing a film script fall within the eligible category of creative writing?
No. CREATE grants support the creation of new work for publication.
If two people are working on a collaboration, can we apply for one grant together?
Yes, two people can apply. However, it is preferable for you to nominate just one eligible person on the application form. The other applicant must also fulfil the eligibility requirements.
What do you mean by ‘mid-career’ artist?
We acknowledge NAVA’s definition of a mid-career artist which is someone who has comprehensive exhibition history (which can include commercial galleries, public galleries, state institutions and biennales and festivals) and who has been practising for more than 5 years.
What supporting material do I need to provide?
Authors should submit a 10-page sample of their writing and an overview or synopsis, as well as a letter of endorsement from a publisher. Your sample should be easy to read. It can be single, double or any other line spacing configuration as long as it is clearly presented.
Artists should submit a sample of their work as well as a letter of endorsement from a gallery. Ideally the panel would like to see evidence of the work for which you will be seeking CREATE Funding. If you are unable to provide samples at this stage then you can include images of work most closely aligned with the work for which you are seeking CREATE funding.
These files should be submitted as PDF files, with a 5MB limit per file.
What should be included in the letter of endorsement?
The purpose of the letter of endorsement is to signify to the panel of independent assessors that you are a mid-to-late career author and that CREATE funding would be appropriate and beneficial.