Creative Sparks Grants Program

The Creative Sparks Grants Program is an arts and cultural grants program managed by Council in partnership with the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

The grant program aims to:

  • support artists, arts workers and creative producers in the development of new work, products and partnerships that extend creative practices
  • ensure diversity of creative expression is accessible for the Brisbane community
  • provide cultural, social and economic outcomes that benefit and add value to Brisbane.


Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 per application in categories A, B, or C.

Category A - Creative Projects: funding for emerging talent for experimentation and risk taking in original and unique projects in any art form that enriches the creative life of Brisbane.

Category B - Creative Development: funding to advance the development of a new work, concept, project, collaboration or practice. The project application will provide evidence of outcomes that have the potential to advance career prospects, and may include but not be limited to: presentation, masterclasses, training and mentoring.

Category C - Creative Economy: funding for developed artistic or creative projects to be realised or presented professionally in partnership agreements. The application will provide evidence of a matched funding strategy.

The Creative Sparks Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane. 

Funding round dates

Applications for the next round of this program will open on Monday 14 October and will close on Monday 9 December.


An applicant should:

  • be an individual professional artist, arts worker, cultural worker or creative producer residing in the Brisbane Local Government Area (LGA)
  • be an incorporated arts or cultural organisation based in the Brisbane LGA
  • be a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or nominate an accountable auspice body that has an ABN.

An unincorporated organisation may also apply, under the auspices of an incorporated organisation able to accept legal and financial responsibility for the applicant's project.

Auspice organisations must be based in the Brisbane LGA and are limited to supporting a maximum of two applications per round.

Applicants must operate within the Brisbane LGA.

Applicants must not have any overdue Council grant acquittals or outstanding debts with Council.

Acquittal reports for successful applicants

If your application is successful, you will be required to complete an online acquittal form within 12 months of grant approval notification.

Grant recipients with overdue acquittal reports are not eligible to apply for other Council grants.

If you believe you or your organisation may have an outstanding report from a previous grant funded project, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak to the Grants Unit for advice.

More information

For more information, you can read the grant guidelines. Alternatively, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with the Creative Development Officer or the Grants Unit. 

Last updated:10 May 2019