Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) - Queensland


ABIF is an initiative of the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland (AQ) and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation (TFFF), developed in partnership with a consortium of three organisations, Foresters Group, Positive Solutions and QUT Creative Enterprises Australia. The objective of ABIF is to strengthen not-for-profit arts businesses financially and operationally by responding to innovative business ideas that will achieve an organisation?s mission into the future.

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Eligibility requirements

To be considered eligible for ABIF, applicants must:

  • have a registered and current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a Queensland based arts organisation, with head office in Queensland
  • be a not-for-profit arts organisation
  • have satisfied the requirements of any previous AQ funding
  • have satisfied the requirements of any previous TFFF funding
  • not be seeking investment for retrospective activity
  • be able to demonstrate direct benefit to Queenslanders through arts and culture by delivering on Queensland Government objectives for the community, available here
  • have deductible gift receipt (DGR) status Item 1
  • not be in receipt of AQ funding as an AQ shareholder company or Arts Statutory Body
  • not be a major performing arts organisation as recognised by the State and Federal governments
  • not be state or federal government owned, including state government agencies not be a local government owned business or business unit, such as a gallery or performing arts venue, with a revenue greater than $10 million, and must demonstrate how the ABIF initiative is outside of its core business.not be a tertiary educational institution (arts and cultural businesses owned by tertiary educational institutions, such as an art gallery, are eligible to apply for ABIF, however a statement from an authorising officer of the institution must be provided to confirm the ABIF initiative is outside of core business and does not receive direct financial support from the tertiary institution).

Applications will be deemed ineligible if:

  • the application form is incomplete or altered in any way
  • the organisation's identified ABIF matched funding is sourced from projected revenues of the activity applied for
  • the applicant is a 'for profit' creative business; for profit creative businesses are encouraged to review their eligibility to apply to other sources such as QUT Creative Enterprise Australia?s Startup Fund.
  • the organisation's activities would typically fall under the mandate of other Queensland Government Agencies such as Screen Queensland.

Note: Applicants that are recipients of funding through AQ and/or TFFF must demonstrate how the activity differs from what the organisation is currently funded to deliver.  

Publications Details process

Administering agency

Arts Queensland

Contact details

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Arts Queensland

Operating address: Level 16
111 George Street
Brisbane City, Queensland, 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 1436
Brisbane, Queensland, 4001
Phone: 07 30344016
Phone: 1800175531 Tollfree
Fax: 1800175532 Tollfree
Fax: 07 3224 4077
Website: Arts Queensland (Opens in new window)