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The COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund (the Sustainability Fund) was announced as part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Creative Economy Support Package to help restart the creative economy as it rebuilds from the impacts of COVID-19.
The operations and financial stability of arts organisations have been significantly affected by COVID-19, resulting in some organisations being at risk of insolvency.
To support the arts and entertainment sector to continue its activities, this program targets funding towards significant Australian Government‑funded arts organisations seeking funding to remain solvent. The program is intended to assist by providing the necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID‑19. This will support employment of workers (including in interdependent industries such as hospitality, retail, accommodation, transport and freight) and contribute to rebuilding Australia’s economy, as well as enhancing community wellbeing and access to cultural experiences across Australia.
The objective of the Sustainability Fund is to provide ‘last resort’ funding assistance to significant Australian Government‑funded arts organisations that are assessed to be at imminent risk of insolvency as a direct result of COVID-19, having taken all reasonable action to maintain their financial position.
Before applying please make sure you have read the Sustainability Fund Guidelines thoroughly.
By applying for funding through the Sustainability Fund, you agree that your organisation will undergo a full independent financial assessment by the the Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency and you make available financial records to enable a comprehensive and detailed assessment. As per the Sustainability Fund Guidelines, the advice of the Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency will be taken into account by the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts as the decision maker.
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications will treat your personal information according to the Australian Privacy Principles and the Privacy Act 1988.
We will use the information collected in this form to administer this grant. The contact details you provide in this form may be disclosed to the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts and other Members of Parliament. Your name, contact details and other personal information will not be provided to any other person or organisation unless it is required by law.
If you are not party to, or due to enter into any of the above agreements you are not eligible for funding through the Sustainability Fund and cannot complete this form.
This section is not applicable because of your response to question: "Is your organisation currently party to, or due to enter into, a multi-year funding agreement with the Australian Government, either through the Australia Council or the Office for the Arts in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications under one or more of the following programs? If so please select all programs that apply." on page 1
You have entered 'None of the above' to the previous question. This means you are ineligible to apply for funding through the Sustainability Fund and cannot complete this form.
If you have any questions, refer to the guidelines or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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