Application Form and Guidelines

Application Form:  Download PDF version  |  Download Microsoft Word version

Application Guidelines:  Download PDF version  |  Download Microsoft Word version

How to Apply

Step 1: Read the Application Guidelines carefully. Then download and complete the Application Form above.

Step 2: Send your completed application form and support materials by e-mail to: and CC with ‘Access Arts Achievement Award 2017’ in the subject line by no later than midnight on Monday 22 October 2018.

Please be aware, the maximum file size for sending an email is 15MB. If you application exceeds 15MB your application will not be eligible. If you chose to email your application, we encourage you to apply well in advance to avoid any technical difficulties that may occur.

Step 3: The 2018 winner of the award will be announced in December 2018 (TBC). Further details of this event will be announced closer to the date.

Step 4: An agreement will be drawn up by Access Arts between the successful applicant and Access Arts.

Step 5: The award winner will liaise with Access Arts Finance Officer on expenditure of the funds. Five per cent will be retained until Access Arts receives the final report and a satisfactory financial acquittal from the Award-winner.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

To be eligible you must be:
• A practicing artist, arts worker or producer who identifies as experiencing disability
• A Queensland resident
• An Australian citizen or permanent resident
• 18 years of age and over
• A current member of Access Arts Inc.
• You must not be a previous winner, but previous applicants are encouraged to reapply

The funding can be used for, but is not limited to:
• Creation of new work
• Professional fees for artistic or creative services
• Mentorships, training, workshops
• Access costs
• Production costs including staging and venue hire
• Promotion and marketing
• Travel and accommodation (generally not exceeding 15% of project budget)
• Salaries (provided they comply with the recognised industry rate)
• Administration overheads (generally not exceeding 10% of project budget)
• Capital equipment (not more than 50% of project budget)

The funding may not be used for:
• Any academic course of study
• Any competition or fundraising for an entity
• Retrospective expenses

Applicants in all areas of the arts are eligible to apply for this award. Editors, producers and curators are also eligible. You may only submit one application for the award each year.

Selection Criteria
Applicants will be assessed based on the following selection criteria:

  1. Project innovation
    • Does the project show a new, innovative and creative approach to arts and culture?
    • Does the project demonstrate high levels of artistic and creative practice?
  2. Development opportunities and impact on career
    • How does the project contribute to your professional development?
    • How will it enhance your career opportunities?
    • Will it build your confidence as an arts practitioner?
  3. Project viability
    • Is the project achievable?
    • Is it likely to be completed within your timetable?
    • Is the budget realistic?