Arts & Communications Grants

Support Act

The charity, Support Act, has $10 million to provide immediate crisis relief to artists, crew and music and live performance workers who have lost employment or are experiencing hardship following the cancellation of gigs, music festivals and other performances across the country.  For funding from Support Act, please click here.

Free, confidential counselling support is available for individuals in the music or performing arts industries through Support Act on 1300 731 303 or by contacting their Wellbeing Helpline on 1800 959 500. For more information visit the Support Act website.

If you are experiencing a personal crisis, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.


RISE - Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund (GO4286)

The RISE Fund will provide $75 million worth of funding assistance for cultural and creative organisations seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities and events including festivals, concerts and tours.

To be eligible, organisations must have, as their primary purpose, the arts and entertainment.

RISE will provide various grants for varying amounts between $75,000 to $2 million.

The maximum grant period for the activity is two years, from the date of execution of the funding agreement. Funding is available in the 2020-21 financial year only.

RISE will work in conjunction with a new $35 million Arts Sustainability fund, which will help arts organisations who are key employers of Australian artists and art workers.  This

The objectives of RISE are to:

  • assist companies in the arts and entertainment sector to present new or re-imagined activities which have been disrupted by the COVID-19 restrictions
  • deliver new activities, opportunities and structural adjustments that have been developed in response to the COVID-19 restrictions, including innovative ways to deliver content and productions
  • provide increased employment opportunities in the arts and entertainment sector and allied industries
  • generate increased economic activity in the arts and entertainment sector and allied industries
  • help build the longer-term financial sustainability of cultural and creative companies, including increased revenue and earning capacity
  • provide creative and cultural experiences to audiences across Australia.

Closes 31 May 2021

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COVID 19 Arts Sustainability Fund (GO4287)

The COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund aims to provide ‘last resort’ funding assistance to significant Australian Government-funded arts organisations that are assessed to be at imminent risk of insolvency as a direct result of COVID-19, having taken all reasonable action to maintain their financial position.

The program provides the necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID-19. This will support the employment of workers (including in interdependent industries such as hospitality, retail, accommodation, transport and freight) and contribute to rebuilding Australia’s economy, as well as enhancing community wellbeing and access to cultural experiences across Australia.

The intended outcomes are:

• significant Commonwealth-funded performing arts and culture organisations remain solvent; and

• Australian communities continue to benefit from the work of significant Commonwealth-funded organisations as the key employers of Australian artists and art workers, leading presenters of high-quality work and as the trainers of Australia’s upcoming performing artists.

Closes 31 May 2021

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With One Voice - Community Funding to Start Your Own Choir

Creativity Australia is offering grants of up to $10,000 to people or groups who are wanting to start a With One Voice choir in their community. 

We encourage you to submit your application ASAP.

If you have a passion for bringing people together, for nurturing community connection, for celebrating diversity, for being inclusive, for singing and for changing the world one voice at a time, then this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for!

The With One Voice movement is about strengthening communities and inspiring individuals to find their voice.  The movement is more than just singing with your local community choir. It’s an opportunity to create real connections between the people in your community. It’s about building bridges between those who are experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate and creating opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds and situations to learn from one another and help each other.

A With One Voice choir may just be what your community needs to re-connect.

interested parties are asked to complete an Expression of Interest application and submit as a first step towards consideration.

Closes 20 November 2020

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Screen Australia

Screen Australia recently announced $8.5 million in production funding for 10 new projects, which will generate over $50 million of production expenditure, and more projects have been approved that are yet to be announced. The latest funding round for scripted drama has closed but there was a large volume of applications.

The Premium Plus Story Development fund is now open, as are Generate Development applications.

In addition, the Federal Government has announced $75 million in support for the arts during COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19 from Screen Australia, please click here.


Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

This grant supports the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. This quick response grant mechanism offers grants from $500 to $5,000 towards projects.

Eligible activities include projects that must be clearly defined as arts and cultural activities.  The project must start at least three weeks after the date the application is submitted.

This grant is for individuals rather than organisations.

Closes 30 June 2021

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Frequency Initiative for Arts and Culture

Create NSW and Screen NSW have joined forces with Audible to fund storytelling beyond the screen, the page and stage into bold spoken audio narratives. Successful applicants will receive up to $30,000 towards the development of a podcast.

This grant supports the development of up to eight new Australian stories from established and emerging NSW storytellers across various genres.

It will focus on supporting original, unpublished English-language works of fiction and non-fiction crafted for the listening experience. NSW-based applicants from varied storytelling mediums are encouraged to submit their best audio ideas

NSW individual, groups and organisations who identify as arts, culture or screen practitioners and/or content producers. This can include but is not limited to:

- Novelists
- Poets
- Journalists
- Playwrights
- Screenwriters

Closes 12 November 2020

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Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grants

This program supports small businesses or non-profit organisations that are Creative Kids Providers and directly affected by the COVID-19 emergency to expand their digital programs.

This grant funds the transition of programs and business models from in-person to online and digital delivery, while continuing to meet the objectives of the Creative Kids Program.

Providers can apply for up to $5,000 for project expenses, including equipment, to support digital and online skills development and the delivery of online arts and cultural program/s for which Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.

Closes Friday 6 November 2020 (or before this date if funds are expended). Grant activities must commence at least three weeks from the date you submit your application and be completed by 31 December 2020.

For an application form and grant guidelines, please click here.


Location Incentive (GO4180)

The objective of the Location Incentive is to ensure that Australia remains competitive in attracting large budget international film and television productions, thereby providing opportunities for Australian cast, crew, post-production companies and other screen production service providers to participate in the production. It will contribute to the development of the Australian screen production industry’s capabilities and help ensure its future viability.

Grants will be provided to large budget international screen productions undertaking filming in Australia.

The grant amount is $540m for eight years from 2019-20.

Closing date 30 June 2027. 

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Arts Industry Support Package for COVID-19—supporting Indigenous visual arts centres

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The $7 million contribution to the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) Program will support Indigenous Art Centres and Indigenous Art Fairs during the COVID-19 crisis. Payments will be made directly to IVAIS-funded Indigenous Art Centres and IVAIS-funded Art Fairs to maintain operations and employment levels, ensuring that they continue to support artists and their communities.


Indigenous Program

Funds are available through Screen Australia to invest in outstanding television drama projects which are based on strong, original ideas and can demonstrate the potential to reach an audience.

Production investment is intended primarily to assist in the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander key creatives, as well as to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers to extend their vision and skills.

For more information, please click here.


National Cultural Heritage Account

This grant helps Australian public cultural institutions buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford. These institutions include museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, national trusts, local history museums and galleries, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander keeping places for sacred/secret material.

This grant ensures that Australian protected objects are kept in Australia, preserved and made accessible to the public.

Applications can be made at any time. Funding is approved on a case-by-case basis.

$500,000 is available each year.

For more information on cultural heritage grants, please click here.


Screen NSW

Slate Development Program

This program aims to provide significant development opportunities for all eligible screen content that is produced and/or post-produced in NSW for any eligible NSW production company that is significantly affected by COVID-19.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for a slate of three or more projects.

This grant is open on an ongoing basis.


Made in NSW - International Footloose Production

This grant is a $55 million fund over four years (2019/20 and 2022/23) to support the attraction to NSW of significant international and domestic feature films and major TV drama productions.

The objective of the program is to focus its investment in new film and TV projects that:
- Significantly contribute to the NSW economy.
- Create high-value jobs.
- Create new opportunities in western Sydney and regional NSW.
- Build the skills and capacity of established and emerging practitioners.
- Grow audiences.
- Contribute to NSW’s reputation as the leading State in business and film.

The level of any financial assistance offered is discretionary and determined on a case-by-case basis from limited funds.

Applicants must discuss their application with the Director of Production Attraction & Incentives prior to applying.

Closes 30 June 2021

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Advanced Development

This grant aims to contribute towards later stage draft and non-draft costs to complete financing where a strong interest has already been established in the marketplace.

Grants of up to 50,000 are available, but it is anticipated that most requests will be about $20,000. Only outstanding market-ready projects with a highly credentialed team will be considered at the upper level.

Potential applicants are advised to call the Development & Production team to discuss the application process.

Closes 30 June 2021


Location Scouts and Inbounds Program

This program aims to provide location and production support to encourage screen projects to film in Sydney and NSW.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Market NSW as Australia’s premier screen production destination.
- Increase the State’s market share of film and television production by attracting potential projects to film in NSW.
- Familiarise practitioners with NSW locations for their projects.
- Provide an opportunity to connect local and international practitioners with local technical and creative talent, studio and post-production and visual effects facilities for their projects and to support new and sustainable partnerships between organisations of International significance and local practitioners and facilities.

The program offers long-form footloose productions scouting assistance for location surveys for eligible projects and may include covering some of the costs associated with on-ground travel including accommodation, domestic flights, vehicle hire and location manager services.

Applicants are advised to contact the program administrator prior to the submission of applications.

Closes 30 June 2021


Early Development

This program offers support for both pre-draft and early draft costs. It provides funding for business consultants and for the development of business or enterprise plans for the company.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available, but it is expected that most requests are between $2,000 and $20,000.

Potential applicants are advised to call the Development & Production team to discuss the application process.

Eligible applicants must be a NSW-based key creative, individual or company.

Non-NSW-based applicants may apply and must be able to:
- Provide evidence of a genuine co-production partnership with a NSW-based company or producer.
- Have at least one NSW based key creative (writer, producer or director) attached.
- Satisfy Screen NSW that the project offers outstanding benefits to the NSW screen industry.

Closes 30 June 2021


Arts and Cultural Funding Program

Annual Organisation Funding

Funding is provided on an annual basis to support arts and cultural organisations (including service organisations) to deliver arts and cultural activities that benefit NSW. Funding can contribute to any aspect of an organisation’s program throughout a single calendar or financial year.

Funding is available for a wide range of activities, including:

•creation of new arts and cultural work, practice-based research or experimentation, and professional development
•production, exhibition, presenting, publishing or recording, touring and festivals
•promotion and marketing
•audience growth and development
•conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places)
•business development activities including new responses to environmental changes
•partnerships, capacity building and sustainability.

Funding is not available under this program for filmmaking and screen production, mainstream animation and film festivals (see for funding opportunities in this area).

For Annual Organisation funding, the maximum amount of funding that you can apply for is $140,000.

Project Funding

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
•the development and presentation of a new museum display featuring items from current and/or new or borrowed collections
•arts and cultural activities aimed at engaging young people, particularly students attending geographically and/or socio-economically disadvantaged schools
•extending an artist’s or organisation’s practice, audiences or markets
•developing and deepening audience engagement with arts and culture.

Funding is not available under this program for filmmaking and screen production, mainstream animation and film festivals (see for funding opportunities in this area).

For Project funding, the maximum amount of funding that you can apply for is $60,000.

Round 2 opens Monday 1 February 2021 and closes Monday 1 March 2021.

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Screen NSW Production Support: Production Finance Fund

This program aims to provide funding for projects produced or post-produced in NSW.

The production requirements of the program are:

1. Minimum NSW Spend
If the production company is registered in NSW, productions must spend more than 50% of the total budget in NSW. International co-productions with a NSW-based producer must spend more than 50% of the total Australian budget in NSW.

2. Finance plan
Productions will usually be fully financed at the time of application, with the exception of contributions being sought from Create NSW and other State, Federal or international agencies.

3. Post-production funding
Create NSW will consider a limited number of applications for post-production funding for productions that meet Create NSW eligibility criteria. Productions that have already completed their shoot need to submit at least a full assembly.

4. Production attachments
Projects receiving Create NSW production finance of between $100,000 and $200,000 must provide for one paid production attachment. Priority to be given for attachments to be placed in roles in line with screen NSW gender equity targets.

Projects receiving finance of $200,000 or above must provide two attachments – at least one to be female, in line with NSW gender equity targets, and at least one from Create NSW's Strategic Priority Area groups: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, CaLD, Disability, LGBTQI, Western Sydney, Regional NSW.

Projects receiving finance of $400,000 or above must provide for one crew member who identifies as a carer. This requirement is in line with the Create NSW ‘Screen Momentum’ initiative which seeks to address the significant challenges for working parents or carers in the Screen industry. Carers are defined to include childcare, caring for the elderly and self-care.

5. Marketplace attachments
For feature film projects, distribution and market attachments, as well as Australian and rest of world distribution strategies, will be significant assessment criteria.

Funding allocations are guided by ratios linking the Create NSW contribution to the amount spent in the State. Please refer to the website for the expected ratio of each genre.

Eligible activities include the production and/or post-production of Australian projects in the following categories:
- Feature films
- Adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
- Content-rich factual and documentary television or web programs and series animation series
- Creative interactive screen entertainment

Closes 26 November 2020

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