2023 Culture Up Late Western Sydney

Casula Up Late, Casula Powerhouse. Photo: Chantel Bann

Casula Up Late, Casula Powerhouse. Photo: Chantel Bann

Applications for Culture Up Late Western Sydney round have now closed.

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Culture Up Late (Western Sydney) is an after-hours program developed to drive visitation to the various Western Sydney CBDs and increase audience engagement at eligible organisations.

The program aims to:

  • continue to provide cultural night-time offerings to support the 24-hour economy, build Western Sydney’s creative capacity and resources and position NSW as a vibrant global cultural destination;
  • increase access to NSW’s cultural infrastructure following a period of significant investment in renewal and expansion;
  • capitalise on the success of the previous iterations of Culture Up Late (Western Sydney) and continue to create employment opportunities for artists and workers;
  • support the night-time economy by providing opportunities to experience arts and cultural activities after 5pm during the delivery period; and
  • encourage cultural organisations to partner with private sector sponsors and extend their programming after hours on a regular basis, with the goal of achieving self-sustaining operating models.

Who can apply?

Eligible Organisations: Not-for-profit and Local Government arts and cultural organisations delivering activities in artforms including:

  • Aboriginal Arts and Culture
  • Contemporary Music
  • Museums and History, including Volunteer-Run Museums
  • Dance and Physical Theatre
  • Festivals
  • Classical Music and Choral
  • Literature
  • Visual Arts
  • Multi-Arts
  • Theatre and Musical Theatre

Eligible Local Government Authorities (LGAs):

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be located in the following LGAs:

  • Auburn Council
  • Camden Council
  • City of Blacktown
  • City of Blue Mountains
  • City of Campbelltown
  • City of Canterbury Bankstown
  • City of Fairfield
  • City of Hawkesbury
  • City of Liverpool
  • City of Parramatta
  • City of Penrith
  • Cumberland City Council
  • Wollondilly Shire Council

What can I apply for?

To be eligible, programs must meet the following requirements:

  • be presented to the public in the eligible LGA areas from 5pm and after on a regular basis during the activity period (1 September 2023 to 29 February 2024)

The offered funding amount is up to $200,000 per organisation excluding GST for delivery during the activity period.

The program will not support 100% of the proposed activity or project costs. A minimum of 25% of the total program cost must be provided from other sources.

Other revenue sources may include cash or in-kind support, including, other non-NSW government funding; earned income (e.g., ticket and product sales); or income from fundraising, sponsors or philanthropic entities.

When can I apply for funding? 

Applications open: Thursday 27 April 2023
Applications close: Monday 29 May, 2pm AEST

How much can I apply for?

Maximum $200,000 per organisation excluding GST.


The information on this page is a guide only. We recommend reading the full guidelines before completing your application.

Go to the 2023 Culture Up Late (Western Sydney) Guidelines

Apply now

To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system SmartyGrants.

What support is available to me?

If you require any clarification, email us at sector.support@create.nsw.gov.au including your name and contact details.

Image: Casula Up Late, Casula Powerhouse. Photo: Chantel Bann