Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs are designed to help you apply to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2019/20.

General FAQs

Generations – NSW Music (Early-Career) Fellowship FAQs

Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship FAQs

New Dimensions – NSW Visual Arts (Established) Fellowship FAQs

Multi-Year funding for Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts & Cultural Programs FAQs

Multi-Year funding for Independent Arts & Cultural Organisations FAQs

Small Project Grants (Quick Response) FAQs

Project Funding FAQs

Creative Koori Projects Funding FAQs

Annual Organisation Funding FAQs

Other FAQs

Artform Advisory Boards FAQs

General FAQs

Can I apply for funding as a group?
(Applicable to Project, Creative Koori Projects and Annual Organisation funding and Fellowships)

Yes, you can submit an application if you are applying as a group. If your application is successful for funding, you will need to provide an ABN for your group or a member of your group who is able to administrate the funds on the group’s behalf.

Do I need an ABN to apply?
No, you do not need an ABN at the time of applying.

However, if your application for funding is successful you will either need to get an ABN or nominate an organisation to auspice the funds on your behalf. Refer to ‘Can I get someone else to financially manage my grant?’ for more information on auspicing.

Am I eligible to apply if my project involves filmmaking?
If your project activities involve filmmaking, screen production, mainstream animation or film festivals, you are not eligible to apply for Project, Creative Koori Projects or Annual Organisation funding.

Please contact the Screen Investment & Engagement team by phone on (02) 8289 6504 or email on screen.investment@create.nsw.gov.au for information on screen funding opportunities.

Where do I apply for a regional touring project?
You can apply for touring through the Project funding round.

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Where do I apply for capital support?
You can apply for capital support through the Project funding round or through Creative Koori Projects (if you are eligible).

When can I apply for funding?
You can apply for Project, Creative Koori Projects or Annual Organisation funding twice this financial year:

  • Round One opens 5 August 2019 and closes 2 September 2019, 5pm.
  • Round Two opens 3 February 2020 and closes 2 March 2020, 5pm.

How many applications can I make?
One per round to either Project, Creative Koori Projects or Annual Organisation Funding.

If my application is late, will it be accepted?
No, the assessment process for all applications commences directly after the deadline. Applicants are encouraged not to leave submissions to the last minute. If you miss the deadline, consider submitting in the next round.

Is there a minimum amount of funds that I can apply for?
No, there is no upper limit to the amount of funding you may request.

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How will my application be assessed?
(Applicable to Project, Creative Koori Projects and Annual Organisation funding)

Your application will first be checked for eligibility by Create NSW staff. If your application is eligible it will then be assessed by an Artform Assessment Board. You will be required to choose which board you wish to assess your application when you apply.

More information is available in Create NSW’s Guidelines.

Do I have to address all points under each assessment criteria in my application?
No, you do not need to answer all the bullet points under each assessment criteria. These are prompts to assist you with writing your application.

Do I have to address all four Project Impact criteria?
No, you need to address one of the Project Impact Criteria. The one you select should accurately reflect the outcome of activity you are undertaking.

More information is available in Create NSW’s Guidelines.

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What if I think my Project offers more than one impact?
You will need to select the outcome for assessment that you think is the strongest benefit offered by the project.

Will one Impact be considered more favourably than another?
No, all Impacts are weighted equally

When will I know the outcome of my application?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application either publicly or by email under embargo* no later than the following dates:

Round 1

  • Touring (performing arts) projects only: Friday 31 October 2019
  • All other projects: Friday 6 December 2019.

All successful Round 1 projects can start after 31 January 2020.

Round 2

  • All projects, including Touring (performing arts): Friday 19 June 2020.
  • All successful Round 2 projects can start after 1 August 2020.

*under embargo means that applicants cannot publicise the outcome of their application until the official announcement has been made by the Minister of the Arts or Create NSW.

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If successful for Round 1, can I apply for Round 2?
Yes, only if you are applying to fund a different project. You cannot apply for activities that are already funded by Create NSW.

If I am based in Wollongong or Newcastle, am I considered Regional?
Yes, under Create NSW’s Arts & Cultural Funding guidelines, you are considered Regional if you are an individual or organisation based in Wollongong or Newcastle.

Am I required to report to Create NSW on the outcomes of my funded activity after completing my project or program?
Yes, you will be required to submit an acquittal to Create NSW after completion of your funded project or program. An acquittal is the process of evaluating and reporting on how funds provided by Create NSW for a specific purpose have been spent. Create NSW is legally required to obtain acquittals from all grant recipients.

Acquittals are completed online through SmartyGrants. Please refer to your funding contract for the specifics of your approved program or project. You are required to acquit against this information, taking into account any approved Variations to your funding contract.

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Generations – NSW Music (Early-Career) Fellowship FAQs

What is the Powerhouse Museum’s role in the Fellowship?
The Generations Fellowships is a partnership between Powerhouse Museum, Astral People and Create NSW that supports artist development across the music industry in NSW.

Is there only one Generations Fellowship?
The Generations Fellowship will support 3 early career solo artists or groups

How long is the Generations Fellowship for?
All 3 fellowships will be for six-months during the period of 1 February 2020 – 31 December 2020.

When can my Fellowship take place?
Your project must take place within a defined 6-month period between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2021.

Can I undertake my own activities within the Generations Fellowship outside of NSW or internationally?
Successful applicants will work with Create NSW, Powerhouse and Astral People to determine their program of activity during the Fellowship. All activity will take place in NSW in the spaces provided by the Powerhouse.

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If I am the successful Fellow recipient, what can I spend the awarded $25,000 funding on?
The awarded payment of $25,000, the funds can be used for artist fees, transport, per diems, accommodation, materials, production costs and other expenses associated with undertaking your professional development program – as determined in consultation with Create NSW, Powerhouse and Astral People.

Incubator – NSW Theatre (Emerging) Fellowship FAQs

What is Griffin Theatre Company’s role in the Fellowship?
The Incubator Fellowship is a partnership between Griffin Theatre Company (GTC) and Create NSW that supports NSW artists, practitioner and arts/cultural workers to undertake self-directed professional development programs or significant opportunities to support their personal creative and career advancement.

Griffin Theatre Company representatives will assess applications and host the three month residency opportunity.

How many applicants will be shortlisted for the Griffin Theatre Company Incubator?
As part of Assessment Stage 1 four applicants will be shortlisted to undertake a 3-month residency at Griffin Theatre Company from 1March 2020 – 31 May 2020.

Can the four shortlisted applicants undertake their three-month residency at Griffin Theatre Company anytime they choose?
No, the four shortlisted applicant’s three-month residency must take place at Griffin Theatre Company between 1 March 2020 – 31 May 2020.

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What will the three-month timeline of activities of the Incubator engagement with the Griffin Theatre Company look like?
Shortlisted applicants will work with Griffin Theatre Company to determine the project they will undertake as part of the initial three month residency. Griffin will provide a level of support to each shortlisted applicant’s development project, depending on project requirements.

When will the four shortlisted applicants be interviewed?
After the four shortlisted applicants have completed their three-month residency, they will be interviewed by members of the Theatre Artform Advisory Board plus representatives from Griffin Theatre Company early June 2020.

Prior to interviews shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to refresh their Fellowship program plan based on the work undertaken at Griffin Theatre Company.

When will I find out if I am the success Fellowship recipient?
The successful Fellow recipient will be announced early June 2020.

If I am the successful recipient of the Incubator, how much time per week will I be required to undertake my Incubator engagement with Griffin Theatre Company?
The successful Fellow will undertake a period of self-determined professional development activity between 1 July 2020 and 31 Dec 2020. This activity can take place in NSW, Australia or overseas.

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Griffin Theatre Company engagement refers to the initial three-month residency for the four shortlisted applicants. The successful Fellow is not required to undertake fellowship program with Griffin.

If I am the successful Fellow recipient, what can I spend $30,000 funding on?
Funds can be used for artist fees, transport, per diems, accommodation, materials, production costs and other expenses associated with undertaking your professional development program.

Can I nominate a mentor to work with me?
Yes, if you are the successful fellow recipient of Incubator, you can nominate a mentor or mentors to work with you.

Can I factor in costs in my budget to employ a mentor?
Yes, you can factor the mentor costs into your budget.

New Dimensions – NSW Visual Arts (Established) Fellowship FAQs

What is the Museum of Contemporary Arts Australia’s (MCA) role in the Fellowship?
The New Dimensions – NSW Visual Arts (Established) Fellowship is a partnership between the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Create NSW to support the ongoing professional practice of visual arts practitioners in NSW.

The MCA will be part of the selection process.

The MCA will also work with the successful applicant to develop a project appropriate to their practice – this project is separate to the self-directed program of activity undertaken by the successful fellow.

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How many applicants will be shortlisted for the Fellowship?
There is no limit to the number of shortlisted applicants.

As part of Assessment Stage 1, members of the Create NSW Visual Arts Artform Advisory Board plus representatives from the MCA will assess all applications against the assessment criteria to determine the shortlist of applicants.

As part of Assessment Stage 2, the shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by members of the Create NSW Visual Arts Artform Advisory Board plus representatives from the MCA to determine the successful recipient of the New Dimensions, NSW Visual Arts (Established) Fellowship 2020.

When will I find out if I am the success Fellowship recipient?
All applicants will be notified with the outcome of their application under embargo in February 2020.

If I am successful, can I undertake the Fellowship anytime I want?
The New Dimensions Fellowship must take place within the defined 12-18 month period between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2020.

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If I am the successful Fellow recipient, what can I spend $30,000 funding on?
The awarded payment of $30,000 can be used for artist fees, transport, per diems, accommodation, materials, production costs and other expenses associated with undertaking your professional development program.

Can I nominate a mentor to work with me?
Yes, you can nominate mentors to work with you during your Fellowship – this is a self-directed program so you can select the best people, places and activities to achieve the desired outcomes of your Fellowship.

Can I factor in costs in my budget to employ a mentor?
Yes, you should factor any associated mentor costs into your budget.

Multi-Year funding for Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts & Cultural Programs FAQs

What kind of activity is eligible for funding?
Funding will support the arts and cultural outcomes of an annual program of activity by a facility or unit of Local Government – also known as a standalone program.

Are educational institutions eligible for Local Government Authority funding?
No, you are ineligible to apply for Local Government funding if you are an educational institution (including preschools, primary, secondary schools and tertiary institutions).

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When do applications open and close?
Applications are open from Monday 25 November 2019 and close Thursday 5 March 2020.

What is a Local Government Authority?
A body established for the purposes of local government by or under a law of a State or Territory.

Is there a limit to the amount of funding I can request?
No, there is no upper limit to the amount of funding you may request but you are required to supply level of information in your application which accords with the level of funding requested.

Can I request funding for the total cost of my program?
No, you may not request funding for the total cost of your program or for core operations. You must include a Local Government contribution equivalent to the scale of the program.

Can I receive funding for core operations?
No, you may not receive funding for core operations.

What are core operations?
Core operations are the main activity of the organisation which in the case of an LGA, is the functioning of local government.

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How long is the funding for?
Funding is approved for up to three years. You may select funding for one, two or 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.

What if I am applying got 4 year funding from the Australia Council?
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 my application be assessed?
Your application will be assessed by the Create NSW Artform Advisory Board you have chosen.

What is an Artform Advisory Board?
The purpose of the Artform Advisory Boards is to assess applications made to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program to provide recommendations and advise the Minister on strategic directions for the sector. For more information on the Artform Advisory Boards please visit this page.

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My organisation covers more than one Project Impact, which one do I speak to?
Your application should focus on ONE impact, however you make speak to the other three. Please note that there is a 300-word limit in the application.

My current Strategic Plan starts earlier than 2019, can I submit this in my application?
Yes, your Strategic Plan does not need to be forward-looking. It can be the one that your LGA is using now.

But you must also submit a detailed program of activity for the period of time you are seeking funding for and this must be endorsed/signed by the Business Unit Director (or equivalent) or General Manager of the LGA.

Are the employers/key personal current or for the program?
For the proposed program of activities.

When will I know if my application is successful?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications publicly or under embargo no later than 30 May 2020.

Where do I submit my application?
Your application must be received through our secure online grants system here.

If I am successful, when will the funding commence?
All successful applicants can start their programs from 1 July 2020 or 1 January 2021, depending on whether your organisation operates on a calendar or financial year. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p15).

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If I miss the deadline for Local Government Authority Multi-Year funding, is there other funding from Create NSW I can apply for?
Depending on the nature of your activity, you can apply for Round 2 of Project Funding and Creative Koori Projects Funding. LGAs will be ineligible to apply for Annual Funding from 2020.

Multi-Year funding for Independent Arts & Cultural Organisations FAQs

Do I need an ABN to submit an EOI?
Yes, as an Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations you will be required to submit an ABN when applying for the EOI to the Independent Arts and Cultural Funding Multi-Year Funding.

How will my EOI be assessed?
Your EOI will be assessed by the Create NSW Artform Advisory Board you have chosen. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p16).

What is an Artform Advisory Board?
The purpose of the Artform Advisory Boards is to assess applications made to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program to provide recommendations and advise the Minister on strategic directions for the sector. For more information on the Artform Advisory Boards please visit this page.

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My organisation is located on the border of NSW, am I eligible to apply to Independent Arts & Cultural Organisation Multi-Year Funding?
Yes, if your audience is located in NSW. If you are not sure please call Create NSW to discuss your eligibility on (02) 8289 6520.

My organisation covers more than one Project Impact, which one do I speak to?
Your EOI should focus on ONE impact, however you make speak to the other three. Please note that there is a 300-word limit in the application. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p11).

My current Strategic Plan starts earlier than 2019, can I submit this in my EOI?
Yes, your Strategic Plan does not need to be forward-looking. It can be the one that your organisation is using now.

If my organisation is not an arts and cultural organisation, can I still submit a EOI application?
Yes, as long as your proposed four-year program consists of clearly defined arts and cultural activity. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p6).

When will I know the outcome of my EOI?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their EOIs publicly or under embargo no later than 23 January 2020. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p7).

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Where do I submit my EOI?
Your EOI application must be received through our secure online grants system here.

Is there a limit to the amount of funding I can request?
No, there is no upper limit to the amount of funding you may request. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p9).

How long is the funding for?
Funding is approved for a four-year period. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p9).

What is the difference between the EOI and the application?
There are two stages to Multi-Year organisation funding. Stage 1 is the Expression of Interest (EOI) and Stage 2 is the Application. If your EOI is successful, you will move to the application stage. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p16,17).

What happens if my EOI is successful?
All successful EOIs will move to the application stage, which will open on 23 January 2020. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p17).

When will I know if my application is successful?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications publicly or under embargo no later than 30 May 2020. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p18).

If I am successful, when will the funding commence?
All successful applicants can start their programs from 1 July 2020 or 1 January 2021, depending on whether your organisation operates on a calendar or financial year. Please refer to the Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations Guidelines (p18).

If I miss the deadline for Independent Arts & Cultural Organisation Multi-Year funding, is there other funding from Create NSW I can apply for?
Depending on the nature of your activity, you can apply for Round 2 of Project Funding, Creative Koori Projects Funding and Annual Organisation Funding.

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Small Project Grants (Quick Response) FAQs

Do I need to be a NSW resident or NSW-based group to apply for Small Project Grants?
Yes, you are required to be based in NSW to apply for Small Project Grants funding.

In addition, your project must be a clearly defined arts and cultural activity and/or must contribute significantly to the development of your professional skills and practice and/or be time sensitive (unable to be planned for, offered with a late notice or requiring quick acceptance).

Does my activity need to take place within NSW?
No, your activity does not need to take place within NSW, but must be a clearly defined arts and cultural activity and/or must contribute significantly to the development of your professional skills.

Can I apply for funding as a group?
Yes, you can apply as a group. If your application is successful for funding, you will need to provide an ABN for your group or a member of your group who is able to administrate the funds on the group’s behalf.

Does my activity need to start three weeks after I submit my application?
No, your activity does not need to start three weeks after you submit your application, however it must be completed by 31 December 2020.

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Can I apply for funding as an organisation?
No, organisations are not eligible to apply for Small Project Grants. However, organisations may be eligible to apply to Annual Funding, Creative Koori Projects funding, Independent Arts & Cultural Organisation Multi-year or Project funding.

Do I need an ABN to apply?
No, you do not need an ABN at the time of applying.

However, if your application for funding is successful you will either need to get an ABN or nominate an organisation to manage the administration of the funds on your behalf. Refer to ‘Can I get someone else to financially manage my grant?’ below for more information.

Can I get someone else to financially manage my grant?
Yes, Create NSW allows you to nominate a third party (e.g. your agent, producer, manager or a service organisation) to take responsibility for the financial management of your grant. You will need to nominate this ‘administering body’ in the space provided on your application form. Please note that some organisations may charge a fee for their grants administration service. It is a good idea to ask for a quote and include this cost in your budget.

Create NSW will pay the funding to the third party you nominate, however, the funding agreement will be with you as the grant applicant, and all reporting requirements, including financial reporting will be your responsibility.

Create NSW recommends that you have a formal understanding with your administering body to provide you with the financial information that you require to appropriately acquit the funding.

Am I eligible to apply if my project involves filmmaking?
No, if your project activities involve filmmaking, screen production, mainstream animation or film festivals, you are not eligible to apply for Small Project Grants.

Please contact the Screen Investment & Engagement team by phone on (02) 8289 6504 or email screen.investment@create.nsw.gov.au for information on screen funding opportunities.

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When can I apply for funding?
Applications for Small Project Grants opened on 11 November 2019 and will close 30 June 2020 (or until funds are expended).

Applications will not be received during the holiday shutdown period 13 December 2019 – 6 January 2020.

Is there a minimum amount of funds that I can apply for?
Yes, the minimum you can apply for is $500 and the maximum is $5,000.

How will my application be assessed?
Your application will first be checked for eligibility and then if it is deemed eligible it will be assessed internally by Create NSW staff.

What will my application be assessed on?
Your application will be assessed based on the three assessment criteria: project merit, project impact and project viability. Please refer to the Small Project Grants guidelines for more details on each criteria.

Will Create NSW consider priority areas when assessing applications?
Create NSW will make final recommendations in reference to the assessment criteria, artform, demographics and the distribution, range and scale of recommended applicants.

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Do I need to attach letters of support or confirmation letters?
No, you do not need to attach letters of support or confirmation letters. However, you will be required to provide at least one referee.

If I have been invited to an activity (i.e. conference, symposium, residency, market development opportunity, mentorship) do I need to provide support material?
No, however there is an option to attach support material.

Do I need to contribute my own funds to the project as well as the Create NSW grant?
No, your project can be funded entirely by the Create NSW grant, though contributions from other sources may strengthen your application for funding.

When will I know the outcome of my application?
You will know the outcome of your application no later than 3 weeks after you submit your application.

When does my project need to be completed?
Your project must be completed by 31 December 2020.

When will I receive my grant payment?
If you are successful in receiving a Small Project Grant, you will be required to return a signed contract, and completed invoice within two weeks of receipt. Payment will be in line with the State Government payment process – all attempts will be made to pay successful applicants no later than 4 weeks after notification.

Who can I contact regarding my Small Projects Grant application?
You can contact Create NSW staff by telephone: (02) 8289 6520 or email: arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au

How much should I pay artists and others involved in my activities?
The following organisations can provide advice on payment rates for artists, creatives and arts workers:

If I am successful for funding, will my grant be subject to tax?
Grants paid by Create NSW may be considered part of your income in a financial year and may be subject to tax. You must determine your own taxation liabilities. Create NSW suggests you consult your financial adviser or contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66. If you have any tax requirements, please ensure that you notify Create NSW of them before your funding contract is issued. Successful applicants who also receive Government payments such as the Disability Support Pension must advise the appropriate agency.

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Project Funding FAQs

Do I need to be a NSW resident or NSW-based organisation to apply for Create NSW Project funding?
No, you are not required to be based in NSW to apply for Create NSW Project funding. However, you must be either an Australian citizen, permanent resident or organisation/group located in Australia. In addition, your project must be clearly defined arts and cultural activity and must benefit NSW by either employing NSW artists or arts and cultural workers and/or providing arts and cultural experiences to the people of NSW.

If my organisation currently receives Annual or Multi-Year Program Funding, will we be eligible to apply for Creative Koori Projects or Project Funding?
Yes, organisations and/or groups currently receiving Annual or Multi-Year Program Funding can apply for either Creative Koori Projects or Project Funding for activities that are not already funded by Create NSW.

Creative Koori Projects Funding FAQs

Do I need to be a NSW resident or NSW-based organisation to apply for Creative Koori Projects Funding?
No, as long as you have a strong cultural affiliation with country that is now called New South Wales that can be demonstrated in your application, you can apply for funding. Create NSW defines a strong cultural affiliation as a connection to communities where you live and have lived and/or have worked with. You will need to demonstrate this in your application by providing details for Aboriginal referees who can champion your work and demonstrate community support for your project.

For more information on Aboriginal protocols, please refer to Create NSW’s Aboriginal Arts & Cultural Protocols.

Can I apply to Creative Koori Projects Funding if I am a non-Aboriginal applicant?
No, you do not need to be a NSW resident or NSW-based organisation to apply for Creative Koori. However, you must be an Aboriginal individual or Aboriginal organisation/group, and have a strong cultural affiliation with country that is now called New South Wales. Create NSW defines a strong cultural affiliation as a connection to communities where you live and have lived and/or have worked with. You will need to demonstrate this in your application by providing details for Aboriginal referees who can champion your work and demonstrate community support for your project.

Your project must also be clearly defined arts and cultural activity and benefit NSW by either employing NSW Aboriginal practicing artists or arts and cultural workers and/or provide arts and cultural experiences to NSW Aboriginal communities and/or audiences.
For more information on Aboriginal protocols, please refer to Create NSW’s Aboriginal Arts & Cultural Protocols.

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What is an Aboriginal organisation?
An Aboriginal organisation is defined as being initiated, based in and governed by its local Aboriginal community to deliver holistic and culturally-appropriate services to that community. Its core values revolve around cultural integrity, and the aspirations of acknowledgement and engagement within the broader community.

If my organisation currently receives Annual or Multi-Year Program Funding, will we be eligible to apply for Creative Koori Projects funding?
Organisations and/or groups currently receiving Annual or Multi-Year Program Funding can apply to Creative Koori Projects funding, if eligible (please see Creative Koori Projects eligibility), to undertake activities that are not already funded by Create NSW.

Annual Organisation Funding FAQs

Do I need to be a NSW-based organisation to apply for Annual Organisation funding?
Yes, to be eligible to apply for Annual Organisation Funding you must be an organisation or group located in NSW.

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Other FAQs

How much should I pay artists and others involved in my activities?
The following organisations can provide advice on payment rates for artists, creatives and arts workers:

If I am successful for funding, will my grant be subject to tax?
(Applicable to all funding categories including Project, Creative Koori Projects, Annual Organisation and Fellowships)

Grants paid by Create NSW may be considered part of your income in a financial year and may be subject to tax. You must determine your own taxation liabilities. Create NSW suggests you consult your financial adviser or contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66. If you have any tax requirements, please ensure that you notify Create NSW of them before your funding contract is issued. Successful applicants who also receive Government payments such as the Disability Support Pension must advise the appropriate agency.

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Can I get someone else to financially manage my grant?
(Applicable to Project and Creative Koori Projects funding and Fellowships)

Yes, Create NSW allows you to nominate a third party (e.g. your agent, producer, manager or a service organisation) to take responsibility for the financial management of your grant. You will need to nominate this ‘administering body’ in the space provided on your Application Form. Please note that some auspicing organisations may charge a fee for their service. It is a good idea to ask for a quote and include this cost in your budget.

Create NSW will pay the funding to the third party you nominate, however, the funding agreement will be with you as the grant applicant, and all reporting requirements, including financial reporting will be your responsibility.

Create NSW recommends that you have a formal understanding with your administering body to provide you with the financial information that you require to appropriately acquit the funding.

Will there be an Artist Support Quick Response funding round available in 2019/20?
Information on Artist Support Quick Response will be released in August 2019. Please sign up to Create NSW’s e-news to receive email newsletter updates on funding programs by visiting www.create.nsw.gov.au and follow us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Will there be an Aboriginal Artist Support Quick Response funding round available in 2019/20?
Information on Artist Support Quick Response will be released in August 2019. Please sign up to Create NSW’s e-news to receive email newsletter updates on funding programs by visiting www.create.nsw.gov.au and follow us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

What can independent sources of income include?
Independent sources of income are defined as sources of income outside of Create NSW funding. These can include other government grants (i.e. from Australia Council for the Arts, Local Council, other State Government grants etc.), philanthropic sponsorship, donations, fundraising and in-kind support. In-kind support includes non-cash contributions such as voluntary labour, donated materials and equipment or products.
For further information on generating revenue for your project or organisation, please see Create NSW’s Creating New Income Toolkit.

Artform Advisory Boards FAQs

Why are you convening new Boards?
Artform Advisory Boards will bring together artform and cultural leaders from across NSW, covering both large organisations and small, established artists and organisations and emerging.

These Boards will provide a greater representation and depth of knowledge from the sector across the State, for each application.

Their involvement will ensure consistent high-quality, inclusive representation for our assessment process.

How does this differ to previous assessment panels?
Previously our assessment panels were made up of a smaller number of representatives from a general mix of artforms from across NSW, which changed each time.

Artform Assessment Boards will have set timeframes for which prospective members must be available, with an understanding that they will serve for an initial term of up to two years, ensuring consistency across decision making.

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What are the Artform Advisory Boards?

  • Aboriginal Arts & Culture Board
  • Classical Music Board
  • Contemporary Music Board
  • Dance & Physical Theatre Board
  • Literature Board
  • Multi-arts & Festivals Board
  • Museums & History Board
  • Opera and Musical Theatre & Chorus Board
  • Theatre Board
  • Visual Arts Board

How were the ten “artforms” determined?
We determined the artforms by assessing the rate of applications across the artforms in previous funding rounds and modelled expected increases in application numbers enabled by our reformed guidelines.

Have you ever had an Aboriginal Arts & Culture Board before?
We have had Aboriginal panels before, who have assessed our Aboriginal targeted programs, but this is the first time that the sector can select to have their application assessed by a specific Aboriginal-focussed Board (rather than a general cross-sector of arts peers).

Is the assessment process simpler than before?
For funding applicants, the changes to the assessment process will not change their application experience.

Do the Board members get paid?
Board member participation will be in line with the NSW Government Boards and Committees Classification and Remuneration Framework, and we are currently confirming the details of appropriate levels of payment.

How were Board Members chosen?
Create NSW ran an EOI process and assessed the applications to make recommendations for the Minister for the Arts’ approval.

The Minster made a series of direct appointments for members, who will join a selection chosen from the EOI.

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How were Board Chairs chosen?
Chairs were appointed by the Minister for the Arts from leading NSW cultural organisations.

How long will members serve on Boards?
Appointments periods vary per member, with EOI selected participants serving one-year, subject to reappointment.

How will you manage conflicts of interest on the Boards?
All Board members will be required to declare their interests to ensure the management of any conflicts, in line with the Artform Advisory Assessment Boards Code of Conduct.

What will Create NSW’s role be in the assessment process?
Create NSW will act as secretariat for the entire process, inform eligibility and viability assessments, provide sector knowledge, client funding histories and progress Artform Advisory Assessment Board recommendations for approval by the Minister for the Arts.

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How will you manage bias/undue influence or regional misrepresentation?
A Code of Conduct will govern Board members’ participation.

All Boards will be convened to ensure broad inclusion from across both artform sectors and geographical representation across the State.

Will the Artform Advisory Boards be made public?
Yes, a list of the members of all 10 Artform Advisory Boards are available here. 

Will regional-based Board members’ travel expenses be covered to travel to and from to Sydney to attend Assessment Board meetings?
Regional-based Board Members’ travel expenses will be in line with the NSW Government Boards and Committees Classification and Remuneration Framework, and were are currently confirming the conditions of this support.

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