Independent Arts & Cultural Organisation Multi-Year funding guidelines
Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2019/20
Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Independent Arts & Cultural Organisations Multi-Year funding is open.
The information on this page is a guide only. We recommend reading the full guidelines before completing your application.
Last updated 23/10/2019.
To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.
Independent Organisation funding supports Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations to deliver,
develop and present multiple arts and cultural activities over a 2+2 year period. Funding will commence
from 2020/21 and 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.
Organisation funding is not available for:
- any period of the 2+2 year program already covered by pre-existing Create NSW Annual or Multi-Year funding arrangements
- filmmaking, screen production, mainstream animation or film festivals (see screen.nsw.gov.au for
funding opportunities in this area)
- Local Government run programs and facilities.
When can I apply for funding?
There are two stages to Independent Organisation funding:
STAGE 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)
EOI application open: Thursday, 24 October 2019
EOI application close: Monday, 25 November 2019 at 5pm AEST.
STAGE 2: Application
Successful EOI applicants will submit an Independent Organisation funding application.
Applications open: Thursday, 23 January 2020
Applications close: Thursday, 5 March 2020 at 5pm AEST.
Who can apply for funding?
You must meet the following four criteria:
- You must be an independent organisation located in NSW.
- Annual turn-over must be greater than $100,000.
- Your program must have clearly defined arts and cultural activities at its core.
- You must employ NSW artists or arts and cultural workers; and/or provide arts and cultural experiences to the people of 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 detail in your written application, supporting evidence and
budget appropriate to the level of your funding request (see assessment criteria below).
This expectation will vary according to the following levels of funding request:
- applying for less than $140,000 per year
- applying for $140,000 per year 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 long is funding for?
Funding is approved for a 2+2 year period. Programs may start either 1 July 2020 and be completed by
30 June 2024 or start 1 January 2021 and be completed by 31 December 2024 depending on whether your
organisation operates on a financial or calendar year.
If any part of your 2+2 year program is already covered by pre-existing Create NSW Annual or Multi-Year
funding arrangements, you must not seek funds for this part of your program in this application.
How will I my EOI be assessed?
For full details, see page 11 of the full guidelines.
Your EOI must address three assessment criteria:
1. Program Merit
- The Artform Advisory Board will consider the artistic rationale and vision for your program.
- Upload your current program of activity for 2019.
2. Program Impact
Your EOI must focus on ONE impact from the list below. However, you may also address any of the remaining
three impacts in less detail:
- audience impact
- cultural impact
- operational impact
- social impact.
3. Program Viability
Provide your most recent financial audit and/or financial statement.
If successful at EOI stage, how will my application be assessed?
If your organisation is invited to submit a full application, you will be required to provide additional
information on your Program Merit, Program Impact and Program Viability (see full guidelines for more information). The level of detail required in addressing each criterion will increase according to the level of funding request.
Assessment process EOI
- You will receive an automated response from our secure online grants system once your EOI is submitted.
- All submissions are assessed by your chosen Artform Advisory Boards.
- Your EOI will undergo an eligibility check. If you are deemed ineligible, you will be advised in writing within 14 days of the closing date.
- Assessment Stage 1: The Artform Advisory Board members will individually assess and rank all the EOIs against the Program Merit and Program Impact assessment criteria. Create NSW will review and provide advice to the Board Chairs on the financial health of the organisation as provided in the uploaded financial audits and/or statements.
- Assessment Stage 2: The Artform Advisory Boards will meet to determine their final recommendations with reference to the assessment criteria, demographics and the distribution, range and scale of recommended applicants.
Assessment process application
- You will be advised if you have been invited to submit an independent organisation application.
- Assessment Stage 1: The Artform Advisory Board members individually assess and rank all applications against all assessment criteria. With additional advice provided by Create NSW on viability and financial performance as demonstrated by previous financial reports.
- Assessment Stage 2: The Artform Advisory Boards will meet to determine their final recommendations with reference to the assessment criteria, demographics and the distribution, range and scale of recommended applicants. Final recommendations are submitted for the consideration of the NSW Minister for the Arts. Further advice and/or clarification may be requested from applicants by Create NSW during the assessment process.
When will I know if my EOI is successful?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their EOIs publicly or under embargo no later than 23 January 2020.
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
30 May 2020.
All successful applicants can start their programs from 1 July 2020 or 1 January 2021, depending on whether
your organisation operates on a financial or calendar year.
What support is available to me?
Resources are 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.
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