Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 1 December 2022) . . Page.. 4196 ..
(2) How can an organisation applying for an emerging organisation grant be told that they don’t have enough runs on the board to be considered for this type of funding.
(3) Did a representative from ArtsACT tell the unsuccessful applicant that the three emerging arts organisations that received funding already had established funding arrangements with ArtsACT so that made them feel more comfortable funding them with this grant.
(4) What does this say about integrity of the grants process if a representative from ArtsACT is openly stating that they feel more comfortable funding organisations that ArtsACT already have established funding arrangements with.
(5) How can emerging arts organisations receive funding from ArtsACT if ArtsACT feel more comfortable providing funding to organisations that they already have established funding relationships with.
(6) Did a representative from ArtsACT tell an unsuccessful applicant that ArtsACT had no intention of funding any organisation up to $100,000 per year, the top amount that the funding was advertised at.
(7) Why would a grant be advertised at a certain amount if ArtsACT has no intention of funding any organisation that amount.
Ms Cheyne: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) No, I am advised unsuccessful applicants were not told by artsACT that they needed ‘runs on the board’ to be considered for the Emerging Arts Organisation Investment Funding.
(2) As above, applicants were not told by artsACT that they needed ‘runs on the board’. The Arts Organisation Investment Program provides funding to leading arts organisations for the delivery of activities that meet the three strategies in Canberra: Australia’s Arts Capital – a Statement of Ambition for the Arts. Part of the published assessment criteria for the program includes a demonstrated history of managing government and other grant funding which was taken into consideration along with the other assessment criteria in assessing each application.
(3) No, I am advised unsuccessful applicants were not told by artsACT that they feel more comfortable funding organisations that already had established funding arrangements. Applicants that did have a funding history with artsACT or other government agencies were able to draw on this history in stating their claims against the assessment criteria.
(4) As per the response to question 3; unsuccessful applicants were not told by artsACT that they feel more comfortable funding organisations that already had established funding arrangements. Organisations were required to demonstrate their capacity as leading arts organisations, including for Emerging Arts Organisations. Applications were assessed against the criteria by artsACT staff and industry experts, and funding was awarded in a highly competitive field and within the available budget.
(5) Please refer to the response for question 3. Emerging arts organisations and artists are able to establish funding relationships with artsACT through the Arts Activities Funding categories.