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The purpose of this funding is to provide transitional support for arts and cultural organisations, local government authorities and service organisations to deliver arts and cultural activities throughout a single calendar or financial year.

Program objective

In response to Creative Communities, the NSW arts, culture and creative industries policy, the purpose of this funding is to strengthen communities though equitable access to vibrant arts and cultural experiences. 

Annual funding for arts and cultural organisations including local government authorities supports innovation, vibrancy and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector. This funding will:

  • 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
  • support the employment and development of professional NSW-based artists and arts/cultural workers (including museum workers).


Who can apply

  • Arts and cultural organisations located in Australia.
  • Local government authorities located in NSW.

Applicants will need:

  • an active ABN (that’s your Australian Business Number).
  • a bank account that has got the same name as your ABN.

You can only submit one application to this round. However, if you are applying as a Local Government Authority that has multiple business units (for example a gallery or a museum), you will need to apply for EACH business unit separately.

Types of projects funded under this grant

All applications to Create NSW must demonstrate that the proposal has a particular focus on arts and culture and directly benefits NSW artists and arts and cultural workers and/or NSW communities through arts led activities.

Some eligible programs include:

  • Performing arts company annual production program.
  • Local government authority art gallery artistic program.
  • Aboriginal Cultural Organisations’ conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places).
  • Arts organisation annual program of workshops to develop skills of emerging artists.

When the project can start and end

  • Earliest start date: 1 January 2025
  • Latest end date: 31 December 2025

Please note the following:

As this grant is for transitional funding, some organisations currently receiving Annual Funding for Organisations for the financial year 2024/25 may apply for half a year to take them to 31/12/2025.

The project should be started by 1 January 2025 and the project must be completed by 31 December 2025.

What costs you can apply for

Funding is available for a wide range of arts and cultural activities including:

  • creative development
  • public presentation
  • commissioning professional artists
  • community collaborations/partnerships
  • research and/or development
  • audience engagement
  • making work accessible to audience/artists with disability
  • conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places).
  • business development activities including new responses to environmental changes.
  • local government authority programs
  • for profit organisations program must demonstrate a break-even or non-profit budget.

Who can’t apply

  • Organisations who have received funding before from Create NSW for the same activities.
  • Organisations who have already started their activities or will start or finish it before the funding period starts.
  • Create NSW designated national performing arts partnerships company, state significant organisation or key festival.
  • State or federal government department/agency, including state cultural institutions.
  • Schools and educational institutions (including preschools, primary and secondary schools).
  • Individuals or organisations who want funding for making films, TV shows, or film festivals.  For this, you should connect with Screen NSW.

What costs you can’t apply for

The ineligible program costs include:

  • Activities that directly support the delivery or course requirements of an educational program or course.
  • Activities that are led by people who aren’t professional artists, arts and cultural workers, or creatives.
  • Paying back money for items you’ve already bought.
  • Buying equipment that isn’t directly used in your project.
  • Capital Works (infrastructure/building works), For this, connect with Create Infrastructure funding opportunities.
  • Fundraising and donations.
  • Awards, prizes, competitions, or prize money.
  • Paying back loans.

What co-contributions are required

Funding requests must:

  • not be 100% of program costs – at least 5% must be from other sources. This can include in-kind support. 
  • be realistic and supported by the application and budget.

Additional eligibility requirements

Preference may be given to NSW-based organisations who apply. It is highly recommended that non-NSW based organisations discuss your application with Create NSW staff before applying.

Key information

  • Grant amount: From $30,000 to $200,000
  • Application opened: 1 July 2024
  • Application closes: 8 August 2024, 5:00 pm
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