Funding and support

Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2019/20 provides funding opportunities for arts and cultural organisations, professional artists and arts/cultural workers across a wide range of artforms and disciplines.

30 years of sixty five thousand, Rika Hamaguchi and Tyrel Dulvarie, Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photo by Daniel Boud.

30 years of sixty five thousand, Rika Hamaguchi and Tyrel Dulvarie, Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photo by Daniel Boud.

Funding Guidelines

Funding guidelines are available for Project funding, Creative Koori Project funding, Annual Organisation funding, Multi-Year funding for Independent Arts & Cultural Organisations and Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts & Cultural Programs and Small Project Grants (Quick Response).

Download the Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts & Cultural Programs Multi-Year funding guidelines here. Applications currently open.

Download the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisation Multi-Year funding guidelines here. Expressions of Interest closed.

Go to the Small Project Grants (Quick Response) guidelines. Applications currently open.

Download the Project funding guidelines here. Round 1 closed.

Download the Creative Koori Projects funding guidelines here. Round 1 closed.

Download the Annual Organisation funding guidelines here. Round 1 closed.

Fellowship Opportunities

We have a range of Fellowships to support NSW artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers across music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Check out the suite of available Fellowships here.

Key dates

Generations – NSW Music (Early Career) Fellowship

  • Applications open: Wednesday 13 November 2019.
  • Applications close: Monday 16 December 2019, 5pm AEST.

Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship

  • Applications open: Monday 18 November 2019.
  • Applications close: Monday 16 December 2019 5pm AEST.

Beyond the Studio – NSW Dance Fellowship for Emerging Leaders

  • Applications open: Thursday 21 November 2019.
  • Applications close: Thursday 19 December 2019 5pm AEST.

New Dimensions – NSW Visual Arts (Established) Fellowship

  • Applications open: Thursday 21 November 2019.
  • Applications close: Thursday 19 December 2019 5pm AEST.

Multi-Year funding dates – Independent Arts & Cultural Organisations

Stage 1: Expressions of Interest (EOI)

  • EOIs opened: Thursday 24 October 2019.
  • EOIs closed: Monday 25 November 2019, 5pm AEST.

Stage 2: Application for successful EOI applicants

  • Applications open: Thursday 23 January 2020.
  • Applications close: Thursday 5 March 2020, 5pm AEST.

Multi-Year funding dates – Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts & Cultural Programs

  • Applications open: Monday 25 November 2019.
  • Applications close: Thursday 5 March 2020.

Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

Apply now until the end of June 2020.

Project, Creative Koori Projects and Annual Organisation funding dates

  • Round one: opened 5 August 2019 and closed 2 September 2019.
  • Round two: opens 3 February 2020 and closes 2 March 2020.

Please see individual guidelines (above) for funding decision dates.

What support is available to me?

We have a range of resources to assist you with your funding application.

Contact a staff member if you need any advice between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday:

Telephone: (02) 8289 6520
Email: arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au

Assessment panel process

All applications will now be assessed by an artform-specific Advisory Board rather than a cross-sector panel of peers. Ten Artform Advisory Boards will be made up of artform leaders and representatives from the broader sector to improve transparency and ensure greater confidence in decision-making processes.

All applicants to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program can elect which Advisory Board should assess their application – including Aboriginal applicants who can decide whether their application is assessed by an Artform Board or the Aboriginal Arts and Culture Board.

Visit the Artform Advisory Boards page to find out more.

Image: 30 years of sixty five thousand, Rika Hamaguchi and Tyrel Dulvarie, Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photo by Daniel Boud.
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