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Program objective

Small Project Grants (Quick Response) supports professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists, groups and arts and cultural workers (including museum workers) that are time sensitive and respond to short notice invitations with career-building significance.

Objectives are to:

  • Invest in NSW-based artists and arts/cultural workers (including museum workers) to participate in outstanding and relevant time-sensitive professional development opportunities
  • Increase the capacity of NSW-based artists and arts/cultural workers in becoming arts and cultural leaders
  • Enable artists, groups, and arts/cultural workers (including museum workers) to participate in outstanding and relevant time-sensitive opportunities
  • Contribute to the creation, development and/or presentation of new work related to career development.

Small Projects Grants (quick response) – Individuals and Groups 2023/24 will reopen 15 January 2024, 9am

This program is administered by Create NSW and Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade.

This program is funded by Create NSW.


Who can apply

You must be an artist or arts/cultural worker (including a museum worker) who:

  • is 18 years (at the time of applying) and above
  • is an Australian citizen or permanent resident and
  • has resided in NSW for at least 12 months at the time of applying.

Who can’t apply

You cannot apply if you:

  • are an organisation (A legally constituted establishment with an ABN (Australian Business Number)
  • have applied and/or received previous funding from Create NSW for the same stage/phase of professional development activity or project top-ups
  • are a current employee of Create NSW or have been employed by Create NSW within the last 12 months
  • do not meet ABN requirements (see below)
  • are seeking support for filmmaking, screen productions or film festivals. Please refer to Screen NSWlaunch regarding film sector funding opportunities
  • have been successful for one (1) Small Project Grant during the 23/24 Financial year
  • have already submitted two (2) Eligible Small Project Grants applications during the 23/24 Financial year.

Types of projects funded under this grant

Your project must be clearly related to the arts and culture sector.

What can’t you apply for

You cannot apply to use funds for:

  • activities that are carried out to satisfy the course requirements of an educational institution, for example, TAFE or university
  • activities that directly support the delivery of an educational program or course
  • arts and cultural activities that are led by non-professional artists or organisations
  • reimbursement to recover costs of items already purchased (such as flights, accommodation, and materials)
  • purchasing musical instruments, artworks, equipment (such as laptops, cameras, technical equipment, or machinery), or vehicles
  • capital works (infrastructure/building activities). Please refer to Create Infrastructurelaunch regarding Capital works funding opportunities
  • fundraising and donations, awards, competition entry fees or prize money
  • repayment of loans
  • filmmaking projects, screen productions or film festivals. Please refer to Screen NSWlaunch regarding film sector opportunities.

Example projects

Examples of activities include:

  • invitation to attend a forum, presentation, or performance opportunity statewide, nationally, or internationally
  • mentorship or residency opportunity statewide, nationally, or internationally
  • a skills development initiative
  • attendance at a significant arts and cultural event.

Key information

  • Grant amount: From $500 to $5,000
  • Application opens: 15 January 2024
  • Application closes: 20 May 2024, 5:00 pm
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