Local Government Authorities Arts & Cultural Funding guidelines

Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2020/21

Sensory Garden (detail), Newcastle Museum. Image: courtesy the museum.

Sensory Garden (detail), Newcastle Museum. Image: courtesy the museum.

Applications for the Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts & Cultural Funding are closed.

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

Download the LGA Arts & Cultural Funding guidelines.

Last updated 11 December 2020.

Key dates

Applications opened: Friday 11 December 2020

Applications closed: Monday 15 February 2021 at 5:00 PM AEDT

Please note that this is the only opportunity for LGAs to apply for funding in 2021. LGAs are not eligible to apply for Arts and Cultural Organisations Funding.


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 below between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Telephone: (02) 8289 6520
Email: arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au
Contact the Arts Funding team directly

Create NSW staff are available to provide information to potential applicants on interpretation of these Guidelines, including types of projects eligible for funding and advice on the online application process. Staff cannot help directly with your application. To maintain a fair and equitable process, staff are unable to edit or correct any applications.

The National Relay service numbers are:

TTY users: Phone 133 677 then ask for (02) 8289 6520

Speak and Listen users: Phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 8289 6520

Internet Relay users: Connect to NES then ask for (02) 8289 6520


Local Government Authority Arts & Cultural Funding supports Local Government arts and cultural projects that are essential to a contemporary, innovative and strong arts and cultural ecology in NSW.

Building on the commitment by Local Councils to deliver hard and soft infrastructure to support arts and cultural activities across the State, Create NSW provides funding for projects that deliver great arts and cultural outcomes for audiences, employs artists and arts and cultural workers to produce new work and partner with others to create unique experiences, events and activities.

Local Government Authorities can request one, two or three years of support to deliver a significant project or series of events and/or activities.

Funding is available for a wide range of project/s and/or series of events and activities, including:

  • commissioning new arts and cultural practice
  • museum object displays, storytelling programs and/or methods of interpretation
  • visual arts exhibitions, public programs and events
  • production, presenting, publishing or recording of work
  • touring exhibitions, performances and activities
  • festivals
  • promotion and marketing
  • audience development activity
  • conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places)

LGA funding is not available for:

  • any period of the program already covered by pre-existing Create NSW funding
  • core operational costs, including but not limited to:
  • capital costs
  • non-project staff
  • insurance
  • repairs
  • filmmaking, screen production, mainstream animation or film festivals (see screen.nsw.gov.au for funding opportunities in this area).

How much can I apply for?

There is no maximum request amount for LGA funding. However, if you are applying for more than $140,000, you will need to consult with Create NSW before 4 January 2021.

What support is available to me?

Resources are available to assist you with your funding application.

We also recommend that you sign up to the Create NSW e-News to stay informed of updates via our website.


You can also contact the Arts Funding and Development team directly.

Image: Sensory Garden (detail), Newcastle Museum. Image: courtesy the museum.
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