Arts and Cultural Development Program

Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) provides funding opportunities for NSW-based arts and cultural organisations, NSW professional artists and arts/cultural workers across a wide range of artforms and disciplines.

The program funds everything from multiyear programs to one-off projects and professional development opportunities, across visual arts, museums, history, literature, performing arts, music and more.

Create NSW also delivers on defined and developing priorities, new opportunities through specific strategic initiatives and targeted support. As new initiatives and other opportunities are developed throughout the year, information will be published on our website.

The Arts and Cultural Development Program Guidelines

Whether you’re a first-time applicant or have experience applying for Create NSW funding, you’ll find important information to help your application in the Arts and Cultural Development Program Guidelines.

In these guidelines, you’ll find:

ACDP Priority Areas:

  • people living and/or working in regional NSW,
  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney,
  • Aboriginal people,
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,
  • people with disability,
  • young people.

Create NSW is also committed to improving gender diversity by supporting applications that demonstrate gender equity.

Apply now

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

Need this information in another format?

If you’re an applicant with disability, you can ask for this information in a format that’s accessible to you. Contact Create NSW (between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday):

From inside NSW (02) 8289 6520

Via email

If you’re deaf or have a hearing impairment or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service:

TTY users Phone 133 677 then ask for (02) 8289 6520.

Speaker and Listen users Phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 8289 6520.

Internet Relay users Connect to the NRS then ask for (02) 8289 6520.

Need this information in another language?

If you would like to talk about your application in your first language, you can ask for an interpreter through the Translating and Interpreting Service. Contact Create NSW for more information.

Need a printed application form?

Regional applicants with unreliable internet connections can ask to use a printed application form. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your application online, contact Create NSW before the closing date.

Need advice on your application?

Contact Create NSW.

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