Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Applications open for Catalyst

27 November 2015

Applications open today for the new national arts fund Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

Arts and cultural heritage organisations are invited to submit applications for innovative projects that increase audience access and participation in Australian cultural life, especially in the regions, or that enhance our international reputation.

Open to small, medium and large arts organisations at national, regional and community level, Catalyst supports projects that demonstrate innovation and increase access and participation.

Funding can support activities such as performances, exhibitions, tours, development and creation of new work and infrastructure and capacitybuilding projects. Activities proposed by or that involve small to medium organisations will be a priority for support.

The Australian Government is investing $12 million annually in Catalyst and funding will be available from three streams: partnerships and collaborations; innovation and participation; and international and cultural diplomacy.

Catalyst will be administered by the Ministry of Arts and applications will be assessed with the assistance of independent assessors registered with the Ministry of Arts which include artists, curators, philanthropists and audience members.

Applications can be made at any time and are assessed quarterly, with the first round of successful applicants announced in early 2016.

Guidelines on how to apply for Catalyst and FAQs are available on the Ministry of Arts website at or by calling 1800 590 577.

Media contact: Justine Sywak | 0448 448 487 |

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