Capacity Building Grants

Funding / For Artists

Carclew’s Capacity Building Grants program is now open for organisations.

Capacity Building Grants support organisations working in any art form developed and presented for, by and with children and young people aged 26 years and under.

Capacity Building Grants support Youth Arts organisations to grow their business or change their business model to encourage organisational sustainability. It is expected the grant will assist in increasing the capacity of organisational staff by skills development, acquiring new information through expert advice, changed operations, or revised organisational purpose or models, for example.

Youth Arts organisations can apply for up to $10,000, for activity occurring in the following calendar year.

This program is open to organisations that:

  • are not for profit incorporated bodies or emerging organisations establishing their governance and organisational structures
  • are based in South Australia
  • have acquitted any previous grants from Carclew and/or Arts South Australia
  • can demonstrate a strong track record of delivering high quality arts programs for children and/or young people
  • demonstrate that appropriate child safe policies and procedures are in place
  • have met with a Carclew representative prior to submitting their application

Applications from local councils, schools/educational institutions, commercial entities, organisations without youth arts in their purpose or mission and companies with an annual turnover greater than $1.5 million are not eligible for this program.

Contact the following staff for funding enquiries:

General Capacity Building Grants enquiries: Joel Byrne Funding Program Coordinator

First Nation peer support: Lilla Berry Manager Arts Programs

Click here to apply now.


Whether you have a draft application or would like to talk through an idea, we encourage you to consult with Carclew staff prior to submitting your application. Consultations can help with turning your concept/project ideas into an appealing application as well as provide a range of submission options.

Jazz SA Inc | Capacity Building | Develop a 35 Year Strategic Plan | $9,500.00

D’Faces | Future Strategic Plan Building | $6,182

Developing D’Faces next strategic plan, by a highly planned system of consultations and surveying to better meet the needs of their stakeholders as they progress into the future.

Lolly Jar Circus | Capacity Building | $9,942

Upskilling the CEO and training courses.

South Australian Youth Arts Theatre Co (SAYarts) | Marketing and digital strategy | $10,000
Development of a comprehensive marketing strategy including digital and web redesign. Ability to identify new target audiences, grow website traffic, better manage social media, secure new students, improve communication, and strengthen position in the sector.

Restless Dance Theatre | Attendance at a series of national and international market development opportunities | $10,000
Restless Dance Theatre staff will attend crucial arts markets including APAM at AsiaTOPA (Melbourne), Perth Festival, APACA (Australian Performing Arts Centres Association)/PAX (Performing Arts Exchange), Tanzmesse (Dusseldorf, Germany), and CINARS (Montreal, Canada).

D’Faces of Youth Arts Inc.| funded $6,000
For the development of D’faces new strategic plan.

Act Now Theatre | funded $10,000
Capacity building and scoping for the delivery of nationally accredited training courses.

Ink Pots Arts Inc. | funded $10,000
To engage a professional grant writer and build skills of staff, Board and volunteers.

SA Circus Centre – Home of Cirkidz | $10,000
To provide social circus staff training through a skills development and business transformation project.

Restless Dance Theatre | $10,000
To allow Restless staff to attend a series of national and international market development opportunities and to showcase a presentation at the Australian Performing Arts Market conference in Brisbane in February 2018.

Riverland Youth Theatre Inc. | $9,052
Professional development suite for the Artistic Director and General Manager.

AJZ Productions | $6,000
To provide a mentorship for the Creative Producer in funding and education.

Banner image: Ink Pot Arts’ Smart at School from Unravelled by Sally Hardy (2017). Photo by Kirstie Aylett.

ActNow Theatre | funded $10,000

Professional development suite of activities for General Manager (GM), Artistic Director (AD) and Development and Communications Manager (DCM) to build organisational capacity in fundraising, sponsorship and philanthropy.

Riverland Youth Theatre | funded $10,000

To support a new administrative role within the company, freeing up the rest of the team to focus on developing the company’s creative programs.

Banner image: Restless Dance in rehearsal – Photo taken by Shane Reid