Arts and Cultural Funding Program Guidelines

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, Small Project Grants (Quick Response) and Fellowships.

Go to the Small Project Grants (Quick Response) guidelines. Applications open until Tuesday 30 June 2020, 5pm AEST.

Download the Project funding guidelines here. Applications closed.

Download the Creative Koori Projects funding guidelines here. Applications closed.

Download the Annual Organisation funding guidelines here. Applications closed.

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

Download the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisation Multi-Year funding guidelines here. EOI closed. Guidelines are now relevant for successful EOI applicants only.

Download the list of Round 1 of Arts and Cultural funding recipients here.

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. All Fellowship applications have closed.

Key dates

Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

Apply now until Tuesday 30 June 2020, 5pm AEST.

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 closed Monday 2 March 2020, 5pm AEST.

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

    • Applications opened: Monday 25 November 2019.
    • Applications closed: Thursday 5 March 2020, 5pm AEST.

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

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 opened: Thursday 30 January 2020.
  • Applications close: Thursday 12 March 2020, 5pm AEST.
  • EOI applicants notified of outcome: Thursday, 30 January 2020.

Generations – NSW Music (Early Career) Fellowship

  • Applications opened: Wednesday 13 November 2019.
  • Applications closed: Monday 16 December 2019, 5pm AEST.

Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship

  • Applications opened: Monday 18 November 2019.
  • Applications closed: Monday 16 December 2019 5pm AEST.

Beyond the Studio – NSW Dance Fellowship for Emerging Leaders

  • Applications opened: Thursday 21 November 2019.
  • Applications closed: Monday 6 January 2020 5pm AEST.

New Dimensions – NSW Visual Arts (Established) Fellowship

  • Applications opened: Thursday 21 November 2019.
  • Applications closed: Monday 6 January 2020 5pm AEST.

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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