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2018 Invested Arts Organisations - Projects

The Invested Arts Organisations - Projects category is part of the Organisations Investment Program. It is for organisations seeking project investment or guarantees against loss.

Key dates

Opens: 19 December 2016
Closes: 24 March 2017
First stage notification: May 2017
Second stage notification: August 2017

General information  

How many projects can I apply for?

Your organisation may submit a maximum of two applications per round for individual projects. Each project must be submitted on a separate online application form and each will be assessed independently.

The Invested Arts Organisations - Projects category is the only category of investment for which multiple applications are accepted.

How much can I apply for?

An organisation may submit up to two applications for individual projects per round, however the total requested investment for both projects cannot exceed $80 000. This is the maximum amount whether you are applying for one project or two.

If you wish to apply for more than $80 000 towards your projects, you will need to submit an application to the programs category of the Organisations Investment Program.

Arts Tasmania expects that arts professionals are paid fairly for their work. The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board has developed guidelines for anyone employing or engaging professional artists. Organisations should include artist fees in application budgets. Click here to read the guidelines.

When can I do my project?

When lodging your application, you will be required to nominate a project period of up to 12, 18 or 24 months.

At the earliest, projects may commence in September of the year in which you lodged your funding application. A portion of the project for which you are seeking investment must occur within the calendar year after which the grant round is named.

For example, if you receive a 2018 Organisations Investment Program - Project grant, your project may begin in November 2017 and conclude in July 2018.

What do I submit in my application?

All applications must include:

  • CVs for key artistic personnel (up to two pages per person)  
  • a maximum of ten items of artistic support material (artistic support material does not count towards overall page limits)  
  • a project plan, including your marketing plan
  • a project budget - Arts Tasmania prefers you provide a budget using our Excel budget template
  • a copy of your organisation's most recent audited financial reports if you are seeking investment of $50 000 or more (audited financials do not count towards page limits).  

Your application may include:

  • letters or emails of confirmation relating to financial or significant in-kind support; or proposed venues  
  • a maximum of two letters of support that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the project and its merits  
  • a maximum of two items/pages of relevant promotional materials such as flyers or programs  
  • A Disability Action Plan (this will not count towards the page limit).  

It is not mandatory to provide confirmations of resources, venues or people involved in the project the time of application. However, Arts Tasmania may request confirmations of artists, venues or resources at any stage during the process.

If financial support, key artists or venues involved in your project are not confirmed at the time of application, please provide details of contingency plans.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content

If your project involves Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander content, your application must include evidence of consultation with the relevant community (refer to

If you are unsure about how to appropriately consult with community please contact Arts Tasmania’s Aboriginal Arts Program Officer, Denise Robinson.

How much information to provide

Your application has character limits in each of the required fields. These character limits are the equivalent of the following pages limits per section:

Section       Character limit       Equivalent in pages      
Project overview       8 000 2 A4 pages in size 11 font
Reach       8 000 2 A4 pages in size 11 font

Support material and attachments to your application must not exceed 30 pages. Excess pages will not to be forwarded to the peers or panel for assessment.

  • All attachments and links should be clearly labelled.  
  • The files attached to your application cannot exceed 5 megabytes each.  
  • If files exceed 5 megabytes, these need to be provided through web links, e.g., Dropbox or YouTube.  
  • Please ensure the files provided can be accessed across different platforms (both PC and MAC) without the need for special software.  

How will my application be assessed?

We strongly recommend you read the relevant assessment guidelines for more information on how the criteria will be considered at the two stages of assessment.

When completing your application form, you will have the option of nominating your organisation as an arts organisations or a service organisation. Arts organisations will be assessed on artistic quality, whilst service organisations will be assessed on quality of service. Please review both sets of  assessment guidelines before submitting your application to ensure that you are assessed against those most relevant to your organisation.

Stage one

During the first stage of assessment your application will be assessed against a single criterion – quality.

Peers will review the project overview, artist CVs and artistic support material.

There are a number of indicators of quality that peers may take into consideration. You are not required to address these indicators one by one but you must demonstrate how they are reflected in your project.

For organisations that choose to be assessed against the artistic quality criterion, peers may consider:

  • Strength of the artistic concept, artistic practice, arts experiences and opportunities for arts practitioners  
  • Creativity - imagination and originality  
  • Progression - organisation and/or program development, fresh artistic approaches, experimentation and risk  
  • Currency - timeliness, relevance and positioning in contemporary culture and/or sector.  

For service organisations that choose to be assessed against the quality of service criterion, peers may consider:

  • Strength of service to the arts and opportunities for arts practitioners  
  • Progression - organisation and/or program development/consolidation fresh approaches, experimentation and risk  
  • Rigour - the thoroughness of the rationale, creative development/consolidation and/or research.  

Stage two

If your application progresses to the second stage of assessment, it will be assessed by the multi-artform Organisations Investment Panel against the criteria quality (80 per cent) and reach (20 per cent).


There are a number of indicators of reach that the panel may take into consideration. You are not required to address these indicators one by one but you must demonstrate how they are reflected in your project:

  • Audience - numbers, marketing strategy, diversity and connection  
  • Engagement - participation, access, involvement of the public and/or specific audience or market sectors.  

Remember that reach is about the quality, depth and breadth of your interaction with your audiences and market sectors, not just about the number of attendees or participants.

How do I submit my application?

Your application form must be completed online before 11:59 pm on Friday, 24 March 2017.

Relevant supporting documents should be submitted as attachments to or links in your online application form.

Please note: If you are unable to submit electronically, please contact a program officer before the closing date to discuss making a hardcopy submission.

Material received after the closing date will not be considered.

For more information relating to making your submission, please visit how to apply.

What happens after the first stage of assessment?

Your will be advised if your application has been endorsed to progress to the second stage of assessment in May 2016.

If your application is endorsed, you will not be required to submit any more information.

If you are unsuccessful at the first stage, you will receive general feedback on your application that indicates how the assessors responded to it in relation to the criterion of quality.

The Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board has determined that there will be no appeals process for the first stage of assessment.

Other information

See programs and key dates for all investment options available to organisations.

Equity for information relating to services provided by Arts Tasmania to assist applicants in overcoming any special difficulties in applying for Arts Tasmania's programs of investment.


Applications to the 2018 Organisations Investment Program are currently closed.

Notification of successful applications will occur in August 2017.

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