Arts Queensland – Artists in Residence (AIR) Program


This program aims to provide arts and education funding to kindergartens and schools seeking to increase their engagement with arts and culture through partnerships with artists, arts organisations or arts facilities.

The 2017-18 objectives of the program are to:
- Foster new relationships between kindergartens, schools and the arts and cultural sector.
- Support innovative arts education initiatives in Queensland kindergartens and schools.
- Support implementation of the Australian Curriculum – The Arts and the Early Years Learning Framework through high quality arts education initiatives.

Funding between $5,000 and $20,000 is available.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must either be:
- A recognised Queensland school – this includes primary, secondary, government and non-government schools – with an ICSEA value of 1,000 or less.
- An approved kindergarten program provider funded under the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) and in receipt of the low socio economic subsidy and/or the remote area subsidy.

Additionally, all applicants must:
- Submit a completed AIR Fund 2017-18 application form.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland or Department of Education and Training funding.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include:
- Purchase of arts materials, tools, instruments or equipment and the time of an arts professional who can help students and teachers to use them.
- The cost of transport and materials for a class to take up residency once a week in a local arts facility culminating in a showcase event or exhibition.
- Fees for a local artist or company to conduct a residency in a school or kindergarten.
- Costs associated with a program of arts incursions or excursions.
- Transport and accommodation costs for an artist to undertake a residency in regional/remote school.

Please refer to the Guidelines for complete information on eligible activities.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Quality
- Reach
- Impact
- Viability

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information on these criteria.


Local government and universities are not eligible to apply to the program, however they may partner with a recognised school or kindergarten that is eligible to apply.

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Status Pending
Opening Date 2017-10-27
Closing Date 2017-12-11
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $5,000
Max.Funding $20,000
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Arts : Other
Education : Primary Schools
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Applicable to Churches No
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
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Tier State
Department of Education and Training
Program Administrator
Arts Queensland
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