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.

The Flamingo Sleep (detail), oil, enamel on wood, Wart. Image: Doug Heslop

The Flamingo Sleep (detail), oil, enamel on wood, Wart. Photo by Doug Heslop.

Open Programs

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)

Generations NSW Music (Early Career) Fellowship is a Creative Leadership opportunity for early career contemporary musicians. Delivered by Create NSW in partnership with Powerhouse Museum and Astral People, this program is designed to connect emerging artists in the early stages of their career with established artists supporting intergenerational knowledge and experience within the music industry. Funding includes $25,000 in financial support and studio space for 6 months at the Powerhouse Museum (Ultimo) or Museum’s Discovery Centre (Castle Hill) during 2021.

Go to the Generations Fellowship

Organisations

Local Government Authority Arts & Cultural Funding supports Local Government arts and cultural activities that deliver great arts and cultural outcomes for audiences, employs artists and arts and cultural workers to produce new work and partner with others to create unique experiences, events and activities. Requests may be for one, two or three years of support.

Go to Local Government Authority Arts & Cultural Funding

Regional Local Government Authorities: Regional Cultural Fund (RCF) Digitisation Round aims to maximise the reach of funds by embedding digitisation resources and expertise in regional arts and cultural organisations through enhanced partnership networks and showcase regional collections by complete the collections and stories website.

Go to RCF Digitisation Round

Closed Programs

Individuals

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

Creative Koori Project funding aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW. Funding is available up to $60,000 towards arts and cultural activities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts and cultural workers.

Go to Creative Koori Projects

Creative Leadership provides opportunities for individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers across literature, musical theatre, archives, classical music and visual arts. During the period of COVID-19 restrictions, these programs will be delivered digitally or will have their timing adapted to align with current health directives.

Go to Creative Leaderships

Organisations

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

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

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

Country Arts Support Program (CASP) support community arts and cultural development in regional NSW through small grants $3000 or $5000 (depending on region.

Go to CASP

19/20 Local Government Authority Arts & Cultural Programs Multi-Year The 20/21 round will open in due course.

COVID-19 Initiatives were targeted at addressing the issues raised by the sector regarding COVID-19’s impact on their arts practice and the well-being of the arts and cultural sector. These opportunities supported the creation of new work, adapting to current work to digital platforms and engagement with audiences through online portals and to develop events and activities for when restrictions are lifted.

Go to the COVID-19 Initiatives page.

Individuals and organisations

Play the City (Sydney): NSW Artists and Musicians Grants invests in a program of activities, events or performances that activate the Sydney CBD. This grant offers up to $10,000 towards a one-off or series of live performances to be held in the CBD of Sydney during December 2020 – February 2021.

Go to  Play the City (Sydney): NSW Artists and Musicians Grants

Frequency Initiative for Arts and Culture in partnership with Audible will support the creation and development of new podcast series from eight established and emerging storytellers across various genres to the value of up to $30,000 each.

Go to Frequency Initiative for Arts and Culture

What support is available to me?

We have a range of resources 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: The Flamingo Sleep (detail), oil, enamel on wood, Wart. Photo by Doug Heslop.
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