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Applications for COVID Development Grants are open.


The information on this page is the full program guidelines. Please read this information in full before completing your application form.

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


These grants aim to:

  • Provide targeted support to individuals and groups in the ‘small-to-medium’ sector in NSW in recognition of their role as important generators of cultural and artistic activity and crucial employers of artists across the state.
  • Mitigate the impact of disruption on the development of new works and collaborations by the small-to-medium sector in NSW
  • Improve working conditions and opportunities for individuals who are suffering loss of income and opportunities, requiring targeted support as part of the economic recovery in NSW.
  • Create greater sustainability for generating revenue and income in the cultural and creative sectors to build resilience against future shocks.

What can I apply for?

Funding is available for:

  • Creation, development and presentation of new works
  • Employment of artists or arts/culture workers
  • Skills development or training specific to your career, a project or initiative such as digital-upskilling
  • Marketing, fundraising and promotional costs
  • Workshops and other public programs
  • A component of the grant could be used to purchase of equipment or digital resources required to deliver new programs, projects including online/digital initiatives.

How much can I apply for?

Two streams of funding are available under this program:

  • Individuals and Groups can apply for up to $5,000
  • Organisations can apply for up to $10,000


Note that clients eligible for the COVID $75 million Performing Arts package and/or in receipt of Create NSW multi-year funding are not eligible to apply for COVID Development Grants.

If you are a small community organisation who has already received funding through Rescue and Restart you will need to contact Create NSW before applying:

Individuals or Groups

  • Individual is Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a group located in Australia with Australian citizenship and/or permanent resident members and is a current resident of NSW. Must also be a professional artist or arts/cultural worker (including museum workers).
  • A Collaborative Group is two or more individuals working together on a project or program. Groups may be legally constituted or an informal working association. They may be an entity that exists long-term, or a project specific association. Both kinds of group are eligible to apply for Project Funding. It is recommended that a group have a formal agreement between members.


  • NSW Small-medium arts and cultural organisation located in NSW.
  • Must be a defined arts and cultural activity.
  • Community groups legislated under Section 355 of the Local Government Act are eligible but must not receive core program or operational funding from their local council.
  • For-profit organisations may be eligible to apply provided the activities being applied for are delivered on a break-even (non-profit) basis and if they are seeking funds to pay for artists to participate.

Examples of eligible projects:

  • Individuals and Groups – seeking support for creating a new exhibition, developing new work performance, workshop program etc. To pay for artists fees, suppliers of materials, studio spaces, venue hire (if possible), purchase equipment that increases presentation opportunities
  • Organisations – to commission artists or groups of artists to create new work, marketing materials to promote, installation costs, broadcast costs, editors, cost of venue hire – organisations.

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