Organisation Funding

Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2021/22

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Film Music with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Opera House. Image: Daniel Boud.

Applications for Organisation funding are closed.

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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 multiple arts and cultural activities. Funding can contribute to any aspect of an organisation’s program throughout a single calendar or financial year.

It aims to:

  • increase access by and engagement of diverse audiences and artists
  • improve the quality and excellence of arts and culture in NSW
  • ensure the best practice and sustainability of arts and cultural organisations.

What can I apply for?

Funding is available for a wide range of arts and cultural activities, including but not limited to:

  • 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
  • support the employment and development of professional NSW-based artists and arts and cultural workers.

What can I apply for?

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 – including writers, composers, choreographers or visual artists – 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
  • research and/or development of creative/cultural projects that develop new skills and/or engage with new ways of working including new approaches to museum practice, including curated shows and engagement strategies
  • arts and cultural activities aimed at engaging young people, particularly students attending geographically and/or socio-economically disadvantaged schools
  • extending an artist’s practice, audiences or markets, including skills exchanges for workers 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 2021/22 financial year:

Round 1

Opens Thursday 8 July 2021 and closes 5pm, Wednesday 18 August 2021.

Round 2

Opens Monday 6 December 2021 and closes 5pm, Monday 31 January 2022.

How much can I apply for? 

There is no maximum request amount for Annual Organisation funding. However, if you are applying for more than $140,000, you need to consult with Create NSW three weeks before the closing date.

The amount of funding that you can apply for under Project funding is $60,000. However, if as an organisation you wish to apply for more than $60,000 this requires:

  • matched funding from non-NSW government sources; and
  • consultation with Create NSW staff three weeks prior to the closing date.

Guidelines

Go to the 2021/22 Arts & Cultural Organisations Funding Guidelines (accessible PDF).

Go to the 2021/22 Arts and Cultural Organisations Funding Guidelines (word version).

Apply now

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: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Film Music with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Opera House. Image: Daniel Boud.
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