Information for grant applicants: Overview

Applications for CAPO’s 2013 Grants Round have closed. CAPO thanks all of our Grants applicants for their interest and efforts. Applications will be judged over the next few weeks, with results being formally announced and winners presented at CAPO 30 on 23rd November 2013.

CAPO seeks to foster the highest standards of excellence in the arts. 

Innovative endeavours that contribute to cultural development in Canberra are encouraged. Grants will be made to fund those needs in the region that will have the most significant cultural impact in the local community. Local community support is a significant factor in determining grant allocation.

CAPO will favour applications where the grant money is to be used directly for the making of new works. A grant for the production of original work or the purchase of the means and materials (for example musical instruments, tools and equipment), which will make the new venture possible, will take precedence. Catalogues and other secondary forms of publicity for a project will not be given priority.

The fellowship award can only be awarded once to an applicant. However applicants may apply for other awards after five years. Recipients of major awards (Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award and Reading Room London Exhibition Award Exchange) may only re-apply after a period of five years.

Applicants can apply for one or more categories.

Sound management is essential. A detailed budget and acquittal statement of the use of grant funds must be submitted to CAPO.

Subject to availability of funds, CAPO will offer the following varieties of assistance in 2013:

 Further information about each category is available by clicking on the page link.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Except for the Reading Room CAPO London Exhibition Exchange Award, which is open nationally to emerging visual artists, applicants should be individuals or organisations resident within the Canberra region.
  • Applications from undergraduate students will not be accepted.
  • Applications will be accepted from postgraduate students where the funding will not be used for assessable work.
  • Applicants are required to publicise the CAPO name in conjunction with any outcome directly associated with CAPO funding.
  • Applicants are encouraged to make future donations to CAPO for the annual auction in order to help the organisation with fund raising.
  • Applicants for emerging artist awards must be in the first five years of their career as an artist
  • It is expected that grantees will act as ambassadors for CAPO and may be asked to participate in public relations events for CAPO.

CAPO Allocations Policy

The following rules apply to all forms of assistance:

  • The Allocations Committee will consider applications and grants of assistance will be made by the CAPO Board whose decision will be final and in no circumstance subject to review.
  • CAPO will not be held responsible should the annual auction for any reason not proceed and makes no representation that any particular amount be available for allocation.
  • CAPO will not accept applications for grants outside its specific applications procedures and guidelines.  No late applications will be accepted.
  • Grants must be used for their stated purpose. If circumstances change, beneficiaries must seek the consent of CAPO before any CAPO funds are expended.
  • CAPO will release funding upon receipt of a tax invoice or Statement by Supplier form (obtained from the ATO) from the successful applicant
  • Projects cannot be deferred without the prior permission of the CAPO Board. Funds allocated to projects that have not commenced by the closing date for allocations for the following year may be reallocated.  Applicants whose projects are delayed may re-apply.
  • It is the policy of CAPO to award grants to individuals and cultural organisations for specific projects – not to contribute to general operating costs or to fund projected deficits in budgets.
  • Award winners must provide CAPO with a summary of the outcomes for promotion on the CAPO website. They will provide publicity materials, (images, website links, podcasts, reviews, AVI, audio, and links to press) related to this project.
  • A statement of acquittal is required at the completion of each funded project. The statement should describe briefly how the funds were used and what was achieved. Supporting visual documentation should be included.

Allocation Criteria

CAPO allocations are based on three principles:

  1. Artistic merit: CAPO seeks to foster the highest standards of excellence in the arts.
  2. Significant opportunity: Preference will be given to opportunities that directly and significantly impact on the artist’s practice. A grant for the production of original work or the purchase of the means and materials (for example musical instruments, tools and equipment) that will make the new venture possible, will take precedence.  Catalogues and other secondary forms of publicity for a project will not be given priority.
  3. Community benefit: Innovative endeavours that contribute to cultural development in Canberra are encouraged.  Applicants should identify in their application any additional benefits to the community resulting from their projects and community support such as arrangement with  exhibition venues.


All applicants making application for any of the forms of assistance set out in the Information for Grant Applicants acknowledge that by making such application they have read, and understood the terms of Information for Grant Applicants. Applicants also acknowledge that any form assistance is given on the basis of the conditions contained in the Information for Grant Applicants, and that the applicant agrees to be bound by such conditions.

It is a requirement of applicants that they advise CAPO if they have made application to another funding agency for their project. Non-disclosure may result in withdrawal of funding.

Tax Information

In order to obtain your CAPO grant you must be able to provide a valid ABN or a Statement of Supplier (reason for not quoting an ABN to an enterprise). Please note that if you are registered for GST then you must supply CAPO with a valid tax invoice with GST included on top of the grant value.
If you have any further questions on these matters, please consult your accountant/tax agent or contact the Australian Taxation Office.

Deadline for Submissions

All intending applicants for the 2013 CAPO Grant Round must have submitted an application to the CAPO office by Friday 25 October, 2013.  No late applications will be considered. Applications can be submitted electronically via the form on this website or by personal delivery or by post (Postal applications must be postmarked by 6pm COB)
The CAPO office is located at:
Room 17, Block B, Gorman House Arts Centre
Ainslie Avenue
CAPO postal address:
GPO Box 954

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