Arts and Culture Priority Needs Program

Michael Donnelly My Fathers Garden, mixed media, 2020. Image credit: Mia Zapata.

Applications for the Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Package – Arts and Culture Priority Needs Program are open. 

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Accessibility

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Overview

The record-breaking flooding that occurred in parts of NSW in February-March 2022 has 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 Culture Priority Needs Program is designed to complement existing support measures in place and longer-term community infrastructure recovery programs. The funding is designed to help the arts and cultural sector 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 assessment and planning and urgent small-scale repair and replacements for arts and cultural infrastructure assets most affected by the February – March 2022 floods.

Funding is available for:

  • damage and risk assessments, feasibility studies, planning, design and options for repair, rebuild, replacement of arts and cultural infrastructure assets that consider flood mitigation strategies and supporting potential future resilience,
  • protection and make safe works to ensure arts and cultural infrastructure assets are not further damaged; and
  • urgent small capital works on arts and cultural infrastructure assets to enable creative activity to continue.
  • if applicants are having difficulty obtaining cost estimates for building works to prepare an application please contact Create NSW for advice.

Who can apply for funding?

Detailed eligibility requirements are outlined in the Arts and Culture Priority Needs Program Guidelines Please ensure you are eligible to apply before starting your application.

An applicant must be one of the following entities:

  • existing funded Create NSW organisation clients
  • 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.

When can I apply for funding?

Applications open: 24 August 2022.

Applications close:
2pm on 14 December 2022 (the deadline has been extended by 2 weeks).

Assessment process:
applications will be assessed by Create NSW on an ongoing basis throughout the application period, or until all allocated funds are exhausted. Therefore, the assessment of the funding allocation will be done on a first received, first assessed basis.

Outcomes: all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications 3-4 weeks are they make their submission.

How much can I apply for?

Funding requests can be between $5,000 and $500,000.

Guidelines

The information on this page is a guide only. Please read the full guidelines before starting your application.

Go to the Arts and Culture Priority Needs Program Guidelines

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?

Go to the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you require assistance or advice on your application, please contact:

Email: disaster.support@create.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 8229 2999.

Eligible Applicant Engagement and Consultation

Create NSW is available to work with eligible applicants, where possible, to assist project identification and provide application support and technical guidance.

Create NSW have also engaged the services of Hawkridge Entertainment Services to assist applicants to scope eligible works and planning documentation and assist applicants with preparing their submissions. Please contact Create NSW via email at disaster.support@create.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 8229 2999 to discuss your eligibility and requirements.

Image: Michael Donnelly My Fathers Garden, mixed media, 2020. Image credit: Mia Zapata.