Individual Funding

Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2020/21

Jessica O’Donoghue, Biographica, Sydney Chamber Opera. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti

Jessica O’Donoghue, Biographica, Sydney Chamber Opera. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti.

Applications for Individual Project funding are now closed.

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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 (02) 8289 6520 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

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Project Overview

Project funding supports innovation, vibrancy and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector. It aims to deliver a dynamic and diverse range of arts and cultural experiences to communities across NSW, contribute to the development of a vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector, and support the employment and development of professional NSW-based artists and arts and cultural workers.

Funding is available for a wide range of arts and cultural activity, including:

  • the creative development and/or public presentation of work(s), for example, literary works, music, dance or theatre pieces
  • commissioning professional artists – for example, a writer, composer, choreographer or visual artist – to develop a work for an event
  • partnerships (including those with the non-arts sector) to develop arts and culture in a specific region, Priority Area or artform/discipline
  • community collaborations involving professional artists, to develop skills, public performances, exhibitions or participatory events
  • the development and presentation of a new museum display featuring items from current and/or new or borrowed collections
  • arts and cultural activities aimed at engaging young people, particularly students attending geographically and/or socio-economically disadvantaged schools
  • extending an artist’s or organisation’s practice, audiences or markets
  • developing and deepening audience engagement with arts and culture.

Funding is not available under this program for filmmaking and screen production, mainstream animation and film festivals (see for funding opportunities in this area).

When can I apply for funding? 

There are two opportunities to apply for funding during the 2020/21 financial year:

Round 1

Opened Thursday 27 August 2020 and closed Wednesday 23 September 2020

Round 2

Opened Monday 1 February 2021 and will closed Monday 1 March 2021

How much can I apply for? 

The maximum amount of funding that you can apply for is $60,000.


Go to the 2020/21 NSW Individuals Funding Guidelines.

Apply now

Applications are now closed. 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? 

We have a range of resources to assist you with your funding application. After reviewing these, you may contact a staff member if you need advice regarding these guidelines between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Image: Jessica O’Donoghue, Biographica, Sydney Chamber Opera. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti.
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