Arts Recovery Support Initiative

What is the Arts Recovery Support Initiative?

The Arts Recovery Support Initiative is a grant opportunity designed to help people sustain their arts businesses and practices to ensure that Tasmania’s renowned creative industries continue to thrive and provide experiences for audiences.



The Tasmanian Government recognises that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on many Tasmanian artists and arts organisations.

In the 2020-21 State Budget the government announced additional funds to support the arts.

The Arts Recovery Support Initiative is the first of a suite of programs to be delivered as part of the $2.5 million Arts and Cultural Support Fund.



Individual artists, groups, arts organisations and arts businesses may apply for up to $10 000 to cover earnings lost as a result of cancellations due to COVID-19.

Applicants will need to provide proof of lost earnings and cancelled engagements as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in the period March 2020 to 31 January 2021.

Applicants cannot apply for more money than the lost earnings demonstrated in their financial documents.



The Arts Recovery Support Initiative supports:

  • individual artists and groups based in Tasmania for 6 of the last 12 months
  • arts organisations and arts businesses based in Tasmania.

To be eligible, applicants will need to:

  • demonstrate a decline of at least 30 per cent in total earnings over a 12-month period compared to the same period in the previous year (total earnings should include all operating revenue including grants, income earnt, JobKeeper and other subsidies).
  • demonstrate that they had a professional arts or cultural engagement that was scheduled to occur between 1 March 2020 and 31 January 2021 that did not proceed due to COVID-19 suppression measures.
  • provide evidence that the cancellation, postponement, or part payment of a contract or agreement for an artistic or cultural engagement resulted in a loss of income.
  • have been operating since 1 January 2019.

The Arts Recovery Support Initiative is a competitive funding initiative with limited funds. Eligible applications will be assessed against the assessment criteria.



Applications close 15 February 2021.


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