Creative Sparks Grants Program

The Creative Sparks Grants Program is an arts and cultural grants program that assists artists and not-for-profit community arts, historical and cultural organisations to create and present work.

The purpose of the program is to create jobs, aid economic growth, attract tourism and improve social cohesion by supporting the creative and cultural sector in Brisbane. Through strategic investments, the program aims to build capacity and resilience of the sector to contribute to the liveability and vibrancy of Brisbane.

The grant program aims to:

  • assist artists, arts workers, cultural workers, creative producers and Brisbane not-for-profit community arts, historical and cultural organisations to test, develop, and realise ideas for local products, markets, partnerships, and new work to build the city’s creative capacity and enable creative enterprises to grow and prosper
  • support a range of diverse and accessible arts experiences to grow arts audiences and participation;
  • foster opportunities for the creation and promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island/er’ artistic endeavours;
  • empower the Brisbane creative industry in their recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and to develop resilience to confidently regenerate by creating employment opportunities for local artists and arts workers.

Council strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, artists who identify as having a disability, identify as being culturally and linguistically diverse, or who are LGBTIQA+, and/or who are under 25 to apply.


Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 per application for the creation and presentation of projects that are shared with the public (either online or at a venue/location within the Brisbane local government area).

The Creative Sparks Fund is managed by Council in partnership with the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

2022-23 funding round dates

Applications open Tuesday 4 October 2022 and close Monday 7 November 2022 at 3pm.

Grant Information Sessions are available, and bookings are essential.

This table provides information on the grant information sessions including date, time, location and booking links.
Date Time Location Booking
29 September 2022 1pm Online Book now
6 October 2022 12 noon

The End Room,
Brisbane Square Library
266 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Book now

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications no later than mid-March 2023.

Project activities must commence after 15 March 2023.


An applicant must:

  • be an individual professional artist, arts worker, cultural worker, creative producer residing in the Brisbane Local Government Area (LGA) OR
  • be a not-for-profit community arts, historical and cultural organisations based in the Brisbane LGA
  • be a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • be 17 years of age or over at the time of submitting an application
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or be auspiced by an incorporated Auspice Organisation that is based in the Brisbane LGA.
  • have an accessible public outcome that occurs within the Brisbane LGA between 16 March 2023 and 18 January 2024.
  • have other sources of funding as the program will not support 100 per cent of the proposed activity or project costs.
  • hold appropriate insurance (s) (including Workers Compensation, Public Liability, Volunteers Insurance and others) to cover artists and their work.

An incorporated Auspice organisations can only support a maximum of two applications per grant round.

Applicants can only submit one application for either this grant or the Lord Mayor’s Creative Fellowships and must not have any overdue Council grant acquittals or outstanding debts with Council.

Applicants applying as an organisation must employ Brisbane independent artists and arts workers to deliver new projects.

Acquittal reports for successful applicants

If your application is successful, you will be required to complete an online acquittal form within eight weeks of the stated project completion date.

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, read the grant guidelines and the creative and history grant application tips.

Alternatively, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with a Creative Sector Development Officer or the Grants Unit. 

Last updated: 12 September 2022

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