Arts and Cultural Assets Program (ECAP Arts)
Applications for the Arts and Cultural Assets Program (ECAP Arts) – a program delivered under the 2022 Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Package (CLIRP), Essential Community Assets Program (ECAP) have closed.
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The Australian and NSW governments are committed to providing ongoing support for communities impacted by the 2022 severe weather and flood events that had a significant impact on communities, including the arts and cultural sector.
Damaged community infrastructure has an impact on individuals, groups and independent organisations that rely on arts and cultural infrastructure to conduct their businesses, as well as on the community that access and participate in the arts.
The Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Package – Arts and Cultural Assets Program (ECAP Arts) will support the medium-long term recovery of the arts and cultural sector by providing funding for the restoration, replacement and betterment of directly damaged arts and cultural infrastructure most impacted by the severe weather and flood events of February and June 2022. The funding supports arts and cultural organisations to rebuild and recover and while at the same time provide arts and cultural experiences that are crucial to community wellbeing.
What can I apply for?
The aim of this program is to prioritise funding to support the restoration, replacement and betterment of arts and cultural infrastructure that was damaged in the severe weather and flood events of February and June 2022.
Funding is available for:
- Capital works directly related to damage from severe weather and flood events in February and June 2022 (AGRN 1012 and/or AGRN 1025) that have not been covered through other government funding and/or insurance claims
- Restoration, replacement, and betterment works directly related to flood damage, including works to make the damaged infrastructure more resilient to future disasters
- Leasing and fit out of a temporary facility to ensure creative activity can continue whilst the permanent facility is being restored
- Planning and design works that are included as part of the physical restoration, replacement and betterment works
Who can apply for funding?
Detailed eligibility requirements are outlined in the Arts and Cultural Assets Program (ECAP Arts) Guidelines. Please ensure you are eligible to apply before starting your application.
An applicant must be one of the following entities:
- arts and cultural organisations (including service organisations)
- local councils, including entities owned or controlled by local councils
- Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs) – RADOs may apply as a Funds Administrator for multiple projects in their region
- Applicant must have arts and cultural activity or services as part of their core activity, business, or business units
When can I apply for funding?
Applications open: Monday 6 March 2023
Applications close: Monday 22 May 2023, 2pm (AEST)
How much can I apply for?
Funding requests must be a minimum of $5,000, with no maximum upper limit.
The information on this page is a guide only. Please read the full guidelines before starting your application.
Go to the Arts and Culture Assets Program (ECAP Arts) Guidelines
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?
Create NSW is available to work with eligible applicants, where possible, to assist with project identification and provide technical guidance.
If you require assistance or advice on your application, please contact:
Phone: (02) 9228 4574
Stage One Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Package (CLIRP) Priority Needs Program – Funding Outcomes
In early March 2023, 32 projects received a share of more than $7.2 million in grants to rebuild flood damaged arts, culture and recreation infrastructure impacted by floods in February last year, as part of the Arts and Culture Priority Needs Grants Program – stage one of the broader Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Package (CLIRP).
Projects will be rolled out across Byron Shire Council, Lismore City Council, the Tweed, Richmond Valley and the Hawkesbury. They include flood damage assessments, recovery planning, the repair and rebuilding of assets as well as critical works to ensure arts and cultural activities are safe to continue.
View the list of successful CLIRP Priority Needs projects