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Access Arts Safe Grant

What is a SAFE Grant?

A SAFE Grant is a one-off funding opportunity for emerging and professional artists with disability living in Queensland. A SAFE Grant can fund the costs up to $1,000 of attending conferences, training courses, events or mentoring to help enhance an artist’s professional career.

Established in 2007 by Life Member Peter Vance, the SAFE is an acronym of ‘Sacred-Angel Arts Funding Empowerment’ – Sacred Angel after Angiosarcoma, the cancer that took Peter’s beloved wife of 44 years, Marilyn.

“SAFE is a way of saying thank you to Access Arts who gave us an opportunity to expand our life’s journey at a time when we needed it most. It is Marilyn’s strong creative spirit and love of art that inspired me to start SAFE and I hope that you will be able to join me in supporting this appeal,” – Peter Vance.

In 2019, CPL-Choice, Passion, Life committed to upholding the legacy of Peter and Marilyn for an additional 10 years, ensuring that the SAFE Grant will continue removing barriers and create accessible opportunities.

To complete your SAFE Grant Application you will need:

• A copy of your completed SAFE Grant Application Form
• A SAFE Grant Project Budget
• Support information including a current CV, an example of your work, letters of support (3 pages max)

For more information and to apply, please download:

Download the SAFE Grant Application Guidelines here.
Download the SAFE Grant Application Form here.

SAFE Grants are awarded to artists and arts workers on merit-based assessment. Applications can be submitted at any time, and outcomes will be assessed within four weeks. You will be advised in writing as to whether your application has been successful.

Please let us know if you would like this information about the SAFE Grant provided in another format as we offer accessible application options. If email is not your preferred option you are welcome to submit your application in a format that is accessible to you (such as audio, video, printed, dictated, electronic and handwritten). Please contact Access Arts staff to discuss any specific format requirements.

For assistance in filling out your application, one consultation with our Arts Manager Tim Brown can be provided by phone or in person at the Access Arts office. Please call (07) 3505 0311 to make your consultation booking.

Access Arts will retain 5% of the grant money until we have received your final report. Once you have spent the funds, you will need to provide Access Arts with receipts and a short report outlining the outcomes of the project. This must be submitted to Access Arts within four weeks of completing your project.

Past recipients of the Safe Grant 

Click on a name below to discover how a SAFE Grant made a difference to a recipient:










  • Colin Cain
  • Maureen Connolly
  • Teone Reinthal
  • Brendan Huddy
  • Reg Lovell
  • Rachel Tara
  • Susan Andrews


  • Carol O’Reilly
  • Cristina Youhanna
  • Colleen Stevenson
  • Danielle Richardson
  • Footprints Inc
  • Lewis Leigh Lucas
  • Ross Barber
  • Tanya Darl


  • Debra Barry
  • Karen Roberts
  • Magda Labuda
  • Michelle Bainbridge
  • Terry Stewart
  • Damian Stewart
  • Maya Jones
  • Teone Reinthal


  • Christine Smale
  • Alex Crombie
  • Anna Benakich


The Queensland Government has extended lockdown in South East Queensland in response to new COVID-19 cases in Brisbane.
Access Arts workshops will not proceed this week.