Open Now   Grants   

We offer STA Members funding support in the following areas:-

  • Support to get you up and running in SmartyGrants
  • Development of project budget
  • Support with program elements
  • Letters of support
  • Review of submission (final stage)

STA will require sufficient notice to best assist your project.

Let’s talk about your project ideas!

Open Now

Listed by Closing date

NSW 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant Support for business, sole traders and not-for-profit organisations impacted by the current Greater Sydney COVID-19 restrictions.

Monthly rounds until November Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grants. Support immediate need unable to be planned for or supported by other funding.

26 July Infrastructure Grants – Arts and Culture supporting the development of high quality, accessible, sustainable and well-used large scale community infrastructure projects.
26 July Community War Memorials Fund to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW. 
30 July Canon Oceania Grants Program Supports schools and not-for-profit groups who are addressing both social and environmental issues in their community and inspiring change for future generations.
2 August Audience Development Fund offers public galleries in NSW assistance in targeting and developing new audiences. It encourages galleries to create innovative public programs that engage artists and the community.
9 August Live Music Australia Program provides support to the live music sector, with a focus on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged.
10 August Transport Heritage Grants aims to help the NSW community rediscover the culture, the events and the people that shaped transport in NSW over the past 160 years, as well as support the restoration and conservation of our valuable heritage assets.
11 August Regional Tourism Activation Fund – Stream Two funds projects that improve accessibility and inclusion at unique and high impact tourism destinations and visitor experiences.
18 August Create NSWArts and Cultural Funding Program Annual funding for Organisation, Project and Creative Koori categories. Assistance webinars are being offered; Create Connects webinar page
19 August FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants helps communities take action on the ideas generated by young Australians who attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit.
23 August Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Grants support the development and delivery of a single project across financial years with a maximum of $30,000 per year. Funding Fundamental Webinar 30 July.
NEW- 25 August Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience.
2 September Black Summer Bushfire Recovery (BSBR) grants program, providing funding direct to communities to help in their ongoing recovery after the 2019-20 bushfires.
NEW- 7 October Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program – Major Grants preserves Australia’s wartime heritage and involves people around the country in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.
NEW – 7 OctoberSaluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program – Community Grants supports projects and activities that commemorate the service and sacrifice of local community members, and are primarily accessed by the local community.
NEW- 31 December The Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund is supporting the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations to assist in the presentation of cultural and creative projects, activities and events to rebuild confidence amongst investors, producers and consumers.
Club Grants are now open right across the region.  Head to the Club Grants page and find out more. 

Grants to keep on your radar

Veolia Mulwaree Trust Grants and Donations Program

The next Veolia Mulwaree Trust community project funding program will open for applications will open in August 2021.  Links to the program guidelines and application forms are available below. 

Country Arts Support Scheme CASP

Annual small grants program. Currently closed for 2021 projects. Read the 2021 successful recipients.

Read more about CASP at Create NSW.

Regional Arts NSW

Quick Response Grants

Small grants that respond to arts development and professional development opportunities that arise at short notice. NOW OPEN

Regional Arts Fund (RAF)

The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. NOW OPEN

Grants and opportunities available to artists and not-for-profit organisations who work in the arts and cultural sector.

Create NSW

Creative Koori Grants

Creative Koori aims to support and develop NSW Aboriginal arts and culture. Creative Koori Grants includes: Aboriginal Artist Support (Quick Response), Creative Koori Arts and Cultural Projects, Creative Koori Employment and the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund.

Grants for Individuals

Grants for Individuals works to engage in opportunities to grow their skills and practice, connect with peers, build sustainable careers and take part in innovative collaborations.

Grants for Projects

Grants for Projects for Individuals, Groups, and Organisations support innovation, vibrancy, and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector.

Grants for Organisations

This funding category supports NSW-based organisations towards the costs of delivering arts and cultural programs.

Music NSW

Opportunity Development Grant

Performing at an industry showcase this year such as BIGSOUND or Electronic Music Conference? Been asked to be a support band on a big Australian tour? We’re here to help!

Indent Event Development

With two levels of funding, the grants support teams of young people who are interested in staging their own all-ages, drug, and alcohol-free music events.

Screen NSW

Early Development

Early Development offers support for both pre-draft and early draft costs.

Advanced Development

Advanced Development contributes towards later stage draft and non-draft costs to complete financing where a strong interest has already been established in the marketplace.


Amplifier is a new bespoke script development program for feature films. The program brings together world-class advisors with New South Wales creative teams for individually tailored script development

360 Vision Virtual Reality

Screen NSW and the ABC thave partnered to create the 360 Vision Virtual Reality Development Initiative. The initiative aims to develop the potential of this new frontier of content producing and with it, build a whole new world of entertainment and storytelling.


#SheDirects is a new development initiative by Create NSW for female TV drama directors.

Production Finance

The Production Finance program provides funding for projects produced or post-produced in NSW.

Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund

Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund (GEFF) supports new and emerging filmmakers and screen practitioners in NSW by funding the production and post-production of short films.

Regional Filming Fund

The Regional Filming Fund offsets costs associated with shooting in regional areas of NSW.

Screenability Filmmakers Fund

The Create NSW Screenability Filmmakers Fund is open to short film proposals of any genre made by filmmakers with disability that may or may not have disability content.

Festival Travel

Festival Travel supports NSW Key Creatives whose projects have been officially invited to screen at significant international festivals outside Australia.

Market Travel

Market Travel supports NSW producers and Key Creatives for travel relevant to financing projects.

Australia Council for the Arts


Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years.


Funding a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Only organisations are eligible to apply.

Individuals and groups

Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.

Contemporary Music Touring Program 

Supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.

Career Development Grants

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, a Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts.

First Nations Sound Recording Grants

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) in partnership with the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts will deliver a grant partnership, the ARIA-PPCA-Australia Council First Nations Sound Recording Partnership.

National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA)

NSW Artists’ Grant

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas.

Visual Arts Fellowship

The Visual Arts Fellowship is funded by the Copyright Agency and administered by NAVA, and aims to assist exceptional mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to undertake a self directed program of professional development.

Australian Artists’ Grant

The Australian Artists’ Grant was initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to produce, present and promote their work throughout Australia and overseas.

Ignition Prize

The NAVA Ignition Prize for Professional Practice is awarded to a graduating student from university art and design schools. One prize is offered to a student who achieved the highest marks in their professional practice unit or who academic staff feel would be most deserving of the benefits offered by the prize – a one year NAVA Premium Membership package.

Museums and Galleries NSW

Audience Development Fund

The Audience Development Fund (ADF) offers public galleries in NSW assistance in targeting and developing new audiences. It encourages galleries to create innovative public programs that engage artists and the community.

The Dobell Exhibition Grant

The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW.

Fellowship Program

Fellowships offer senior staff from NSW museums and galleries the opportunity to spend two weeks at an international cultural organisation.

Mentorship Program

Mentorships provide opportunities for emerging and mid-level NSW museum and gallery staff to spend two weeks with a state, national or smaller, more specialised organisation.

Volunteer Placements

Volunteer Placements provide volunteers from NSW volunteer managed museums and Aboriginal cutlural centres with the opportunity to spend up to two weeks with staff and resources of larger or more specialised cultural organisations.

Project Development Grants

Project Development Grants allow community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long term outcomes. The grants can also provide an opportunity to work productively with an appropriate museums and/or arts consultant as a skill development opportunity.

Small Grants

Small Grants aim to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.

Leg Up Grants

Leg Up Grants are quick response skill development grants for workers in volunteer managed museums throughout NSW. These grants fund various skill development projects including hosting or attending workshops, conferences or seminars in NSW, in addition to networking activities.

Skills Development Grants

Skills Development Grants provide funding to volunteer museums and museum networks for regional or state focused skill development training and networking events.

Building Improvement

How well does your museum or gallery building perform in terms of collection care, environmental sustainability and visitor access?
M&G NSW has funding to provide for professional assessment of small to medium museum and gallery buildings in NSW.

Other Funding

Creative Partnerships Australia

We bring the arts, donors and business together for mutual benefit, creating a more vibrant, ambitious and sustainable cultural sector for the benefit of all Australians.

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