Arts and Cultural Funding
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, and support the employment and development of professional NSW-based artists and arts/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 – for example, a writer, composer, choreographer or visual artist – 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.
How much can I apply for?
The maximum amount of funding that you can apply for is $60,000.
Applications for this funding program are currently closed.
More information here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/project-funding-individuals-and-groups-2023/24
Small Project Grants (Quick Response) for Individuals
Small Project Grants support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. You can apply for between $500 and $5000 towards your project.
The grant aims to:
- enable professional artists and arts and cultural workers to participate in outstanding time-sensitive opportunities, including those offered via online and other means than in-person contact
- build the capacity and skills of professional artists and arts and cultural workers including, but not limited to, online mentoring, development and residency opportunities
- support professional artists and arts and cultural workers to develop new projects/work
- support professional artists to explore the possibilities of presenting work in ways that is consistent with public health orders
- support professional artists to respond to the impacts of the 2019 bushfire season and COVID-19 crises, for local communities, in supportive and creative ways
- strengthen the capacity of NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers to become arts and cultural leaders.
Quick Response Grants
Quick Response Grants will now be delivered monthly from February to November and all applications will be competitively assessed at the end of each month, you will not be advised about your grant application until five days after the end of each month. There are also changes to the amount you can apply for under this program. Individuals can apply for up to $3000, organisations can apply for up to $5000. There is no minimum grant amount. There is a limited amount in this funding pool, so please ensure your budgets are accurate and you are only applying for the amount that you actually need.
The Quick Response Grants will continue to support immediate need that arises where the activity is unable to be planned for or supported in other funding rounds, for example taking up professional development, skills development or small project opportunities at short notice.
Projects must begin 2 – 12 weeks after the closing date of the round you are applying in. Applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of your application no later than 5 business das from the date the round closes for Quick Response Grants (end of each month from February to November).
For more information: https://regionalartsnsw.com.au/quick-response-grants/
Photo: Chet Faker, The Great Escape 2012 – Pic by Johnny Au.