Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts & Cultural Programs Multi-Year funding guidelines
Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2019/20
Applications are now closed.
The information on this page is a guide only. We recommend reading the full guidelines before completing your application.
Last updated 19/06/2020.
To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.
Local Government Authority Arts & Cultural Programs funding supports Local Government to deliver activities over a period of up to three years*. Local Government Funding will commence from 2020/21 and will support the arts and cultural outcomes of an annual program of activity by a facility or unit of Local Government.
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.
Local Government funding is not available for:
- any period of the program already covered by pre-existing Create NSW Annual or Multi-Year funding
- filmmaking, screen production, mainstream animation or film festivals (see screen.nsw.gov.au for funding opportunities in this area).
* Local Government Authorities that are currently applying for four year funding from the Australia Council for the Arts may be considered for 2+2 years of funding.
Who can apply for funding?
You must meet the following three criteria:
1. Applicant type
You must be a Local Government Authority located in NSW.
2. Program focus
Your program must have clearly defined arts and cultural activities at its core.
- employing NSW artists or arts and cultural workers; and
- providing 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 a level of detail in your written application, support material and budget appropriate to the level of your funding request (see Assessment Criteria).
This expectation will vary according to the following levels of your funding request:
- applying for less than $140,000
- applying for $140,000 per year or more.
How long is funding for?
Funding is approved for up to three years*.
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 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.
For example: if you are funded for the 2020 calendar year but are seeking Multi-Year Organisation funding for the financial year starting in July 2020, your funding request cannot include the months of July – December 2020.
* Local Government Authorities that are currently applying for 4 year funding from the Australia Council for the Arts may be considered for 2+2 years of funding.
How will I my application be assessed?
For full details, see page 11 of the guidelines.
You must address three assessment criteria:
1. Program Merit
The Artform Advisory Board may consider:
- 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
Your application 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. For full details, see page 13 of the guidelines.
When will I know if my application is successful?
All applicants for Local Government Authority Arts & Cultural Programs and Multi-Year funding have been advised that the notification date has changed.
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.
* Under embargo means that applicants are notified but cannot publicise the outcome until the official announcement has been made by the NSW Minister for the Arts or Create NSW. The embargo period is taken seriously and failure to comply may impact your current or future funding eligibility.
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.
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