Australia Council has made good on a promise to assist local artists and arts organisations who are struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The newly-announced Resilience Fund will provide $5 million in funding which Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette AM says is essential right now for the cultural and creative sector.

“Last week the Australia Council suspended many investment programs and repurposed all available uncommitted funds from this financial year to immediately respond to the COVID19 crisis," Collette said.

"The Resilience Fund has been created to provide immediate relief to Australian artists, arts workers and arts organisations and support their livelihoods, practice and operations. We have redirected approximately $5 million across three new programs: Survive, Adapt, Create."

The three programs include:

  • Survive - small grants for individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup financial losses due to cancelled activity
  • Adapt - grants for individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their practice and explore new operating models
  • Create - grants for individuals, groups and organisations to continue to create artistic work and develop creative responses in a time of disruption

Applications for the Resilience Fund open this Friday (3 April); click here for more details.