Annual Organisation funding guidelines
Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2019/20
The next Annual Organisation funding round opens on 3 February 2020.
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 throughout a single calendar or financial year. Funding can contribute to any aspect of an organisation’s program.
Funding is available for a wide range of arts and cultural activity, including:
- creation of new work, practice-based research or experimentation and professional development
- production, exhibition, presenting, publishing or recording, touring and festivals
- promotion and marketing, market and/or audience development activity
- conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places and the digitisation of collections)
- purchase of capital infrastructure and equipment
- partnerships, capacity building and sustainability.
Funding is not available under this program for filmmaking and screen production, mainstream animation and film festivals (see screen.nsw.gov.au for funding opportunities in this area).
The information on this page is a guide only. We recommend reading the full guidelines before completing your application.
Download the Annual Organisation funding guidelines here.
Download the accessible version here.
Last updated 30/07/2019.
Who can apply for funding?
You must be an organisation or group located in NSW.
How much funding is available?
There is no upper limit to the amount of funding you may request.
However, to be competitive, you must provide a level of detail in your written application, support material and budget appropriate to the level of your funding request (see assessment criteria below).
This expectation will vary according to the following levels of your funding request:
- applying for less than $140,000
- applying for $140,000 or more.
You may not request funding for the total cost of your program. You must include an independent financial contribution (cash and/or in kind) from other sources.
How will my application be assessed?
You must address the following three assessment criteria:
1. Program Merit
This will include areas such as:
- the artistic rationale and/or vision for the program
- the articulation of creative process and/or program delivery
- the quality and reputation of previous work
- how the program engages NSW artists, and arts and cultural workers
- how the program provides arts and cultural experiences to the people of NSW
- how the program profiles NSW/Australian stories, voices and practices
- how the program contributes to the creative and cultural profile of NSW
- your adherence to Aboriginal cultural protocols (where relevant).
2. Program Impact
This provides applicants to choose one of the following impact areas:
- social impact
- cultural impact
- audience impact
- operational impact.
3. Program Viability
This will include areas such as your budget, program plan, governance arrangements, scaled according to the size of your request.
When will I know if my application is successful?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications publicly or under embargo no later than the following dates:
- Friday 6 December 2019 notification.
All successful Round 1 programs can commence from 1 January 2020.
- Friday 19 June 2020 notification.
All successful Round 2 programs can commence from 1 July 2020.
All programs must be completed within 12 months of their date of commencement.
What support is available to me?
Resources will be made available 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
If you are an applicant with disability, and you require this information in a format which is accessible to you, or if you require this information in another language, you can contact us on the details above between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
The National Relay service numbers are:
TTY users: Phone 133 677 then ask for (02) 8289 6520
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Internet Relay users: Connect to NES then ask for (02) 8289 6520
To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.