Organisation Funding

Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2020/21

Ceramics masterclass series, Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre workshop with Alison Williams, Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance.
Photo by Jay Black and the Trees Photography.

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Accessibility

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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Annual Organisation Funding Overview

Annual Organisation funding is provided on an annual basis to support arts and cultural organisations (including service organisations) to deliver arts and cultural activities that benefit NSW. Arts and cultural activities should increase access by and engagement with diverse audiences and artists, improve the quality and excellence of arts and culture and ensure best practice and the sustainability of arts and cultural organisations. Funding can contribute to any aspect of an organisation’s program throughout a single calendar or financial year.

Funding is available for a wide range of activities, including:

  • creation of new arts and cultural work, practice-based research or experimentation, and professional development
  • production, exhibition, presenting, publishing or recording, touring and festivals
  • promotion and marketing
  • audience growth and development
  • conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places)
  • business development activities including new responses to environmental changes
  • partnerships, capacity building and sustainability.

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

Project Funding 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 screen.nsw.gov.au 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

Opens Monday 1 February 2021 and closes Monday 1 March 2021.

How much can I apply for? 

For Annual Organisation funding, the maximum amount of funding that you can apply for is $140,000.

For Project funding, the maximum amount of funding that you can apply for is $60,000.

Organisations seeking to request more than this needs to consult Create NSW before 9 September 2020 for Round 1.

Guidelines

Go to the 2020/21 Arts & Cultural Organisations Funding Guidelines.

Apply now

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

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: Ceramics masterclass series, Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre workshop with Alison Williams, Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance. Photo by Jay Black and the Trees Photography.
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