Creative Capital

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Image: ©Lake Macquarie City Council

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Image: ©Lake Macquarie City Council

Expressions of Interest for Medium to Large Projects are open through the Creative Capital program.

Overview

The NSW Government has introduced $60 million in strategic funding over two years for the delivery of new and improved cultural infrastructure across NSW.

The Creative Capital fund has been established to meet the demands for facilities to support the creative economy and improve access to and participation in quality cultural experiences across NSW. Cultural equity is at the heart of the new Creative Capital Program and will ensure that more people have access to and can participate in the arts.

Grants will be available to fund new infrastructure or to upgrade existing cultural infrastructure to make existing spaces fit for purpose. Communities will benefit with fit-for-purpose, high performing museums, theatres, performance spaces, galleries, Aboriginal Cultural Centres, Keeping Places and language centres across NSW.

When can I apply for funding and how much can I apply for?

Grants will be available over three Rounds in two categories:

Minor Works and Equipment Projects – grants of $5,000 to $250,000; two rounds, each one stage

  • Round One – Opens Tuesday 21 September 2021 and closes Tuesday 26 October 2021
  • Round Two – Opens Monday 11 July 2022 and closes Monday 8 August 2022.

Medium to Large Projects – grants of $250,000 to $5,000,000; one round in two stages

  • Expressions of Interest open on Tuesday 5 October 2021 and extended to close midday Wednesday 17 November 2021
  • If the expression of interest is successful, applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Invited applications will now open on Friday 10 December 2021 and close on Monday 28 March 2022.

How do I apply?

Download the Creative Capital Funding Guidelines for information on how to apply and decide which round/s you will apply for.

Minor Works and Equipment Projects from $5,000 to $250,000

If you are applying for grants of $5,000 up to $250,000 through the Minor Works and Equipment Projects category, you will need to complete and submit an application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

Medium to Large Projects – grants of $250,000 to $5,000,000

If your organisation is applying for a grant of over $250,000, you will need to complete an Expression of Interest form in Stage 1 through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

If your Expression of Interest is successful in Stage 1, you will be invited to submit a full application in Stage 2 through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

Stage 2 applications must be accompanied by a completed and approved Simplified Business Case. You will also need to provide detailed information, such as letters of support, a detailed budget demonstrating co-contribution, details on what the project is, how it will be managed, and who will manage the project. The template for the Simplified Business Case will be available shortly.

Model Funding Agreement

If your application is successful for Minor Works and Equipment Projects or Medium to Large Projects, your organisation will be required to enter into a legally binding funding agreement – download the example Model Funding Agreement.

Guidelines

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Minor Works and Equipment Projects

To submit your application for Round 1 of the Minor Works and Equipment Projects (grants of $5,000 to $250,000), you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

Medium to Large Projects

To submit your Expression of Interest for Medium to Large Projects (grants of $250,000 up to $5,000,000), you will need to complete and submit the relevant form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

What support is available to me?

Contact the Creative Capital team with any questions:

View the list of Frequently Asked Questions and watch the video resources below.

Creative Capital Program Introduction

Creative Capital Application Overview

Creative Capital Application Criteria for Round 1 Minor Works and Equipment Projects

Medium to Large Projects Expression of Interest form

Image: Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Image: ©Lake Macquarie City Council
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