- Only individuals may apply to this category.
- You must be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.
- You must identify as an artist or arts professional with disability.
You can’t apply for a grant if:
- you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
- you owe money to the Australia Council.
We do not accept applications from legally constituted organisations in this category.
You can apply for a range of activities. Your proposal should include a mentoring component. Some examples of the activities we fund are:
- professional skills development
- creation of new work
- creative development
- practice based research
- presentation, promotion, or marketing
- inbound and outbound travel.
You can’t apply for projects or activities that:
- do not involve or benefit practicing artists or arts workers
- do not have a clearly defined arts component
- have already taken place
- do not involve a clear mentoring component.
Once you submit your application, we will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your application.
After you submit your application, we first check it meets the eligibility criteria for the grant or opportunity to which you are applying.
Applications to the Australia Council Grant Programs are assessed by arts practice peer panels against the published assessment criteria for the relevant grant program.
We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application no later than 12 weeks after the published closing date for the applicable grant round.
The Australia Council also offers a variety of other grants and opportunities which are not assessed in the same way. Please refer the guidelines for the relevant grant or opportunity to find out how it is assessed.
For FAQ’s relating to the grants model, please click here.
Please contact the Artists Services team.
Frequently Asked Questions
The initiative is designed to support a wide variety of arts project or career development activities, including the creation of new work, career development, residencies, research and development, presentation. Funds from this grant can be used for any of these activities, provided that the proposal includes a mentoring component.
Mentoring is any supportive relationship that encourages the sharing of knowledge, skills and experience. Mentoring can be structured or informal and can include peer-to-peer mentoring. For the purposes of this initiative, it is interpreted very broadly and informed by the needs and priorities of the applicant. The Australia Council for the Arts Guide to Mentoring is a useful reference.
Traditional approaches view mentoring as someone more experienced imparting knowledge. However, all mentoring involves two-way learning. Peer-to-peer mentoring assumes an even playing field and exchange of knowledge in the relationship, where everyone involved contributes and learns from different perspectives and experience. Equality in mentoring relationships is important in a disability context to ensure lived experience is valued and recognised. It is also important to collaborations across different art forms or between the arts and other industries.
The Australia Council expects that artists professionally employed or engaged on Australia Council-funded activities will be remunerated for their work, including artists with disability. Peers assessing applications for the Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative will consider remuneration when they look at the viability of projects. You should make provision in your budget for appropriate payment of artists and project participants. For more information, refer to the Australia Council policy on the payment of artists: https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/payment-of-artists/
Not necessarily. The applicant must identify as a person with disability and can be either the mentee or the mentor. The guidelines have been designed so the applicant with disability can identify who is best placed to work with them on their collaboration.