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.

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.

Open Programs

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

Go to the Small Project Grants (Quick Response) Guidelines.

Creative Leadership provides opportunities for individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers across 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. The Write North: Writers’ Group Residency is now open.

Go to the  Creative Leaderships page for more information.


Closed Programs

The following programs are currently closed but will re-open in August 2020:

  • Project funding
  • Creative Koori Project funding
  • Annual Organisation funding
  • Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts & Cultural Programs

The results of Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations and Round 2: Project, Creative Koori and Annual Organisations were announced in June 2020.

All applicants for Local Government Authority Arts & Cultural Programs and Multi-Year funding have been advised that the notification date has changed.

For your information the guidelines for the 2019/20 Rounds are allocated here:

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. Applications closed.

Download the list of 2019/20 Round 1 Arts and Cultural funding recipients here.

COVID-19 Initiatives are 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. Opportunities exist to support the creation of new work, adapt current work to digital platforms and to engage with audiences through online portals and to develop events and activities for when restrictions are lifted. Go to the COVID-19 Initiatives page.


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:

Staff contact details are located here.


Assessment process

All applicants to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program can elect which Artform 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 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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