Copyright Agency’s Create Grants Program

Copyright Agency

Relevent Country: Australia

The Copyright Agency’s Create Grants offer opportunities for mid-career Australian creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work.

These grants provide a living allowance for writers and visual artists to write and create a new work for publication and exhibition.

Create Grants will support Australian creative writers who have published or performed at least one work and no more than four works in the genres of fiction, poetry, children’s literature, young adult literature, picture book illustration, graphic novels, playwriting and literary non-fiction. Visual artists must have at least five and no more than ten years’ professional experience, with no more than ten solo exhibitions.

Create Grants do not support work aimed specifically at the scholarly or academic market.

Funding Information

  • Amount of grant: $25,000.
  • Four grants in total will be awarded in 2022.
  • The Cultural Fund will support two grants for writers and two grants for visual artists.
  • Projects should start after 1 January 2023 and span four to twelve months.

Eligible Activities

Potential projects could include:

  • Industry research into issues such as leadership in publishing, diversity, developing editorial/sales/marketing skills, etc
  • Mentorships with other publishers to gain new skills and insights
  • International market exploratory visits
  • Sales/marketing intensives
  • Upskilling in online publishing and accessible publishing models
  • Attendance at a significant international leadership program
  • Digital transformation/new models and upskilling
  • Any research project which will have an impact on career development opportunities

Eligibility Criteria

  • Authors and visual artists must be mid-career
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Applicants must have acquitted any overdue Cultural Fund grants


  • You must have professionally published/performed at least ONE and no more than FOUR full-length works of your own creative writing (including professionally presented plays) by a publisher/theatre company in the following literary genres: fiction, literary non-fiction, children’s and young adult literature, picture book illustration, poetry, graphic novels, and writing for performance (plays)
  • Self-published works do not count towards eligibility
  • These grants cannot be used towards the costs of publication.

Visual Artists

  • You must have at least FIVE and no more than TEN years’ professional experience
  • Artists should have had no more than TEN solo exhibitions in public or commercial galleries (this should not include group shows)
  • These grants cannot be used towards exhibition installation costs.