Cultural sector resilience grants

Cultural sector resilience grants

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These grants will help sole traders and not-for-profit arts enterprises with less than 20 full time employees, who’ve lost income due to Covid-19. If you’re an organisation that relies on income from events, classes, exhibitions, hiring out workspace or other public programs, this is a good grant for you. If you’re a for-profit enterprise, check out our small business grants.

Who can apply

Sole traders and not-for-profit organisations working in the cultural sector. For example, performing arts organisations, creative producers, arts festivals, arts support organisations, dance schools, galleries, collaborative studios and other cultural spaces.

What the funds can be used for

  • Staff wages
  • Wages for freelance or casual workers who have lost work
  • Administrative costs
  • Training and professional development

How much you can apply for

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

What you’ll need to demonstrate

  • You employ less than 20 full-time equivalent employees, not including artists employed on a casual basis
  • A significant loss of revenue
  • A turnover of less than $10 million
  • You’re located within our area or serve our local community
  • How existing support from other levels of government is inadequate
  • How you plan to adapt your operations to the restricted trading environment

Contact us

We’d like to help you choose the right grant and provide tips for a successful application. Call us on 02 9265 9333 or email


  • Applications close: 5pm, 27 April 2020
  • Council meeting: 18 May 2020
  • Funds released from: 1 June 2020

We are currently revising our operational plan in response to Covid-19 pandemic, including allocating the funding to this grants program. Any decision to grant financial assistance will not be made until after Council has approved the revised operational plan at its May Council meeting.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 28 April 2020