Arts and Cultural Funding Program Guidelines

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

April Phillips, EGG, installation view, Firstdraft, Sydney. Photo: Zan Wimberley 2021.

Open Programs

COVID Development Grants

Create NSW is offering targeted support to individuals and groups of up to $5,000, and up to $10,000 for organisations in the small-to-medium sector in NSW in recognition of their role as important generators of cultural and artistic activity.

These COVID Development Grants aim to mitigate the impact of disruption on the development of new works and collaborations by the small-to-medium sector in NSW.

Applications close Thursday 30 September at 5pm AEST.

Go to COVID Development Grants.

Individuals

Small Project Grants (Quick Response) support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. This quick response grant offers grants from $500 to $5,000 towards projects.

Go to Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

Regional Arts Touring

Regional Arts Touring funding supports projects that provide access to arts and culture for audiences living in regional NSW. Funding is available for tours of all artforms, including performing arts, music, visual arts, literature, history, museums and multi-arts. Applicants should demonstrate strong audience development and engagement strategies.

Go to Regional Arts Touring.

Closed Programs

Individuals

The Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship is delivered in partnership with Griffin Theatre Company, to support emerging theatre practitioners in the early stages of their career.

Go to Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging Fellowship).

The NSW Musical Theatre Fellowship (Established) is delivered in partnership with Hayes Theatre Co, to provide an opportunity for an established composer and/or writer and/or creative group to write a new work for musical theatre.

Go to NSW Musical Theatre Fellowship (Established).

Project funding supports innovation, vibrancy and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector. Funding is available up to $60,000 towards a range of arts and cultural activities such as new project development and/or presentation, research, professional development, community and audience engagements.

Go to Individual Funding

Organisations

Project funding supports innovation, vibrancy and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector. Funding is available up to $60,000 towards a range of arts and cultural activities such as project development and/or presentation, partnerships building, community and audience engagements.

Go to Organisation Funding

Annual Organisation funding is provided on an annual basis to support arts and cultural organisations (including service organisations) to deliver multiple arts and cultural activities to diverse audiences throughout a single calendar or financial year.

Go to Organisation Funding

UK/Australia Season 2021/22 explores and celebrates the relationship between Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) across the arts, creative industries, and higher education. Organisations can apply for up to $100,000 to present work in the UK after March 2022.

Go to UK/Australia Season 2021/22 Expressions of Interest

Individuals and organisations

Creative Koori Project funding aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW. Funding is available for $60,000 and above which supports arts and cultural activities for NSW Aboriginal organisations.

Go to Creative Koori Projects

The SoundLab Residency Program provides an opportunity for up to four NSW-based musicians or groups of artists to make music and sound in a high-end technical space designed for critical listening, and the exploration of technology and sound. Successful artists will receive $2,500 in funding support from Create NSW and the use of Arup’s SoundLab for 2-4 weeks.

Go to SoundLab Residency Program

Service Needs Strategic Fund meets demand for additional professional development and capacity-building services across the arts and cultural sector.

Go to Service Needs Strategic Fund

Small Project Grants for Make Music Day 2021 supports musicians to deliver a program of music on Sunday 20 June and/or Monday 21 June 2021. Six grants of $15,000 are available.

Go to Small Project Grants for Make Music Day 2021


What support is available to me?

We have a range of resources including a series of webinars to assist you with your funding application. After reviewing these, you may contact a staff member if you need advice regarding these guidelines between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Telephone: (02) 8289 6520
Email: arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au
Or you may contact staff directly here.

Image: April Phillips, EGG, installation view, Firstdraft, Sydney. Photo: Zan Wimberley 2021.
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