The Australian Cultural Fund
The Australian Cultural Fund is a collective funding platform for Australian artists. The fund was established in 2003 to encourage donations to the arts, and is managed by Creative Partnerships Australia.
Since its inception the Australian Cultural Fund has helped to raise millions of dollars for Australian artists, allowing them to share their stories, passion, and creativity around Australia and the world.
How it works
The Australian Cultural Fund operates similarly to private crowd funding websites. Through the Australian Cultural Fund website (https://australianculturalfund.org.au/) artists can register their project and invite supporters to donate. Creative Partnerships' unique Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status allows the ACF to offer tax deductibility to donors. The money raised is then distributed to the artists as grants.
Unlike private crowd funding platforms artists receive the funds committed by the donors whether their project reaches the funding goal or not. Creative Partnerships takes 5% of the funds as a fee to cover administrative costs. Donors, instead of receiving 'rewards' in exchange for the funds they have committed to the project, are making donations. All donations over $2 are tax deducible.
Who can register
Projects can come from any section of the arts sector including architecture and design, community and cultural development, dance, music, theatre, visual arts and literature.
To be eligible to register your project you must be a practising artist, group of artists or organisation that is engaged in arts and cultural activities. The donations must also be used within Australia for the benefit of Australia.
Where to start
Using the platform is fairly simple. Artists create their profile and then register their project on the website. Artists need to set a fundraising target and a timeline for their campaign. Once all the information is loaded on to the website the campaign is ready to start.
The website contains plenty of tips and resources to help artists with their campaign, including how best to advertise the project on the website and how to make the most of the campaign period. NAVAs Crowdfunding Factsheet available in the Guide also has some great advice on funding campaigns.
For more information, to register and to donate head to the Australian Cultural Fund website.