Support for arts and culture

$3.25m released for the arts in Covid-19 relief grants

Local artists and cultural organisations can apply for funding


The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our precious local arts communities are heartbreaking.

We want to help organisations keep their staff and pay their artists. And we want to help artists continue to develop work and pay for materials.

Our new series of relief grants is for creative practices, cultural organisations, and arts support programs. These grants complement state and federal funding.

We know grant applications can be stressful and frustrating at the best of times.

Our dedicated team will help you find the most suitable grant and advise on other support you may have available. Call us on 02 9265 9333, Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm.

We want as many people as possible to benefit from these grants. Please spread the word far and wide.

Cultural sector resilience grants

Total amount we’re giving away: Up to $2.25 million

How much you can apply for:

  • Organisations: $20,000
  • Sole traders: $10,000

These grants help sole traders and not-for-profit cultural organisations with less than 20 full time employees. It’s for those who’ve lost income because they’ve had to cancel programs, events, and initiatives due to Covid-19. If you’re a for-profit arts enterprise, check out the small business grant.

Creative fellowships fund

Total amount we’re giving away: Up to $1 million

How much you can apply for: Up to $20,000

These grants are for individuals and collectives to develop new projects and initiatives during the restrictions related to Covid-19.

You can use the grant to research and develop new work, undertake training, or trial imaginative programs to keep artists working and help the community recover.

Quick response grants

Total amount we’re giving away: Up to $500,000

How much you can apply for: $2,000 to $5,000

These grants are for small-scale programs. Funds can be used to present performances, creative work and classes online that support the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Other Covid-19 relief grants available are small business grants and community services grants.

We’re also donating $250,000 to local online platforms Support Act NSW, the Artists Benevolent Fund and the Actors Benevolent Fund, to provide emergency relief and mental health support for cultural workers.

If you need support and advice on grants, please call us on 02 9265 9333.

Meet some of the team who are taking calls, assessing grants and helping behind the scenes:

The Covid-19 relief grants have now closed.

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Published 7 April 2020, updated 17 October 2023