Access Arts’ SAFE fund was established by Life Member Peter Vance to provide flexible assistance to emerging and professional artists living in Queensland who experience disability.

Access Arts awards SAFE grants of up to $1,000.  SAFE provides one-off funding opportunities.

The SAFE grant can fund the costs of attending conferences, training courses, events or mentoring to help enhance an artist’s professional career.  Removing barriers and accessing opportunities are among the reasons why Peter Vance established the SAFE Fund.

How to Apply

Stage 1

Download the SAFE Fund Expression of Interest form HERE and the SAFE Fund Guidelines HERE and submit by:

Closing Date 1- April 1 – 2018 (Projects to be completed between June 1 – 2018 and January 1 – 2019)

Closing Date 2- November 1 – 2018 (Projects to be completed between January 1 – 2019 and June 1 – 2019)

 Submit your completed Expression of Interest form before the closing date, either via email to OR post to Unit 7, 65-96 Macgregor Terrace, Bardon QLD 4065.

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

Stage 2

Within four weeks of the closing dates, you will be advised on the outcome of your Expression of Interest submission. If your application is successful, we will invite you to fill out a full SAFE Fund grant application form.  Please Note:  The full SAFE Fund grant application form has two additional components only; a budget and supporting materials.

The full SAFE Fund grant applications will be assessed by an independent panel within four weeks. You will be advised in writing as to whether your full application is successful.

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.

To complete a full SAFE Fund Application you will need:

  • A copy of your completed Expression of Interest form
  • A project budget (template will be provided)
  • Support materials including a current CV, an example of your work, letters of support (3 pages max)


Here’s how a SAFE grant made a difference to previous recipients:

  • Daniele Constance “The SAFE grant supported the first creative development and presentation of a new performance work. In this, it supported the development of my arts practice through pursuing an idea from concept through to production and presentation; providing time, space and resources to nurture my ideas, research and creative processes.”  
  • Belinda Peel to have an art exhibition aimed at gaining artistic exposure and letting other disability circles see her work. Belinda has been working with the Brisbane Outsider Artists group at Access Arts for a large part of her career. Belinda was thrilled that as a result of her project, many participants discovered the importance of gallery accessibility and the project’s impact on “society (which) is now more open to disability.”                   
  • Janelle Colquhoun to travel to London to attend the Visually Impaired Musician’s Lives conference. By attending this conference Janelle was able to renew her professional networks and ideas relating to vision impaired musicians. “I have been able to bring back to Australia many varied experiences to further my career …I am so grateful for SAFE funds to assist in the costs of my trip.”
  • Mantist Oryem to print copies of his new single Hello Mamma to sell during live shows, at recording stores and on fan’s requests. Afterward, Mantist was able to work with radio stations which sent out copies of his single to listeners. “The Safe Fund has been so helpful, giving me a chance to boost my career and take it to the next level.”
  • Gillian Rankine to work with her mentor Meredith Beardmore who travelled from Melbourne to play with her at the Early Music Society of Queensland concert, playing the Baroque Flute. Gillian reflects that this project was not limited by her disability, allowing her to have access to her mentor and a highly valuable performance experience in Brisbane.


Donate Now to SAFE Fund

SAFE Fund grants are made possible by the support of our community. If you would like to contribute, donate now on our fundraising portal.


Past SAFE Grant Recipients 2009-2017


  • Daniele Constance
  • Levi Diball


  • Megan Louise West
  • Paul Gray


  • Janelle Colquhoun
  • Gillian Rankine
  • Mantist Oryem
  • Belinda Peel
  • Sarah Houbolt
  • Amanda Rosenfeld


  • Rachael Missingham


  • John Briggs
  • Diane James
  • Paul Ryan
  • Deb Chilton
  • Richelle Spence
  • Cristina Youhanna


  • 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