Creative Grants

 Tracy Thomas at her Fishing Point studio

Council is committed to valuing and supporting our creative industry and cultural economy.

To achieve this, Council is launching a grants program. This program will support projects and initiatives that provide opportunities for creative participation, stimulate high quality, diverse creative activity and strengthen and expand the City’s cultural and creative industries. 

There are four categories of funding:

  1. Emerging musicians
  2. Creative presentation
  3. Creative professional development
  4. Research and development 

For more information about each category, the funding criteria and the application process, please read the funding guidelines(PDF, 657KB).



Step 1.Submitting your application

Applications for Round one are now closed.

Apply for Round two before 5pm Monday 25 May.

Step 2.Information sessions

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the planned information session at Charlestown is cancelled. Instead, individual support will be given over the phone 02 4921 0295 and email

Please note, the Cultural Projects Officer is in the office Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Step 3.Contact

For assistance with applications or for any questions, please contact:

Meredith Downes

Cultural Projects Officer

Key dates:

Round one

Applications open: Friday 28 February, 2020

Applications close: 5pm, 31 March 2020

Applications to Selection Panel: Monday 6 April, 2020

Selection Panel meets: Week commencing Monday 20 April 2020

Recommendations to Council: 4 May 2020 (Executive) – 25 May 2020 Council meeting

Funds distributed: June 2020

Project timeframe: 1 July 2020-31 June 2021

Round two

Applications open: Friday 1 May, 2020

Information and support: or call 02 4921 0295

Applications close: 5pm, Monday 25 May 2020

Selection Panel meets: 3 June 2020

Recommendations to Council: 22 June 2020

Funds distributed: July 2020

Project timeframe: 1 July 2020 - 31 June 2021