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Festivals Grants

Multicultural Arts & Festivals

Department of Social Services

Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants provide community organisations with assistance to host multicultural arts and festivals projects, providing opportunities for Australians of all backgrounds to come together and experience different cultural traditions.

Funding of up to $5,000 is available for individual projects for events to be held between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016. Read more

  • Closing: 26 May 2015
  • Categories: Festivals, Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

Indent Partnership Grants

Music NSW

This grant is closed for 2015 and will re-open in 2016.

The Indent Partnership Grants program, funded by ArtsNSW, has been specifically developed for young people to stage all-ages, drug and alcohol free live music events across NSW. Two grant categories are available for 2015 youth music events, the Grass Roots Grant and the Event Development Grant.

The Grass Roots Grants are specifically aimed at entry-level events like band comps, open-mic and local band nights and are set at a maximum of $2,500.

The Event Development Grants up to $5,000 are available to those who successfully acquitted a Grass Roots Grant in the year prior to applying and are looking at expanding their event scope by engaging the professional music industry. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Festivals, Music

Kickstart

Next Wave

This grant is closed for 2015 and will re-open in 2016.

Next Wave’s major developmental activity, assisting young artists across artforms to develop new work in a supportive environment. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Festivals
  • Open To: Individuals

Indent Level 2 Event Development Grants

Music NSW

This grant is for those who have previously received an Indent grant.

Suggested types of events include: youth stages at community festivals, all ages regional tours, events mentorship programs and workshops, music events that attract professional musicians, etc.

Up to $5000 may be applied for.

Applications close 5pm on Friday February 26. Read more

  • Closing: 26 February 2016
  • Categories: Festivals, Music, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Seniors Festival Event Grants

NSW Seniors Festival

The NSW Seniors Festival grants program funds events and activities across NSW that help seniors live active, healthy and socially connected lives.

Run by the Department of Family and Community Services, the program provides $200,000 in seed-funding for organisations to hold events for seniors during the annual NSW Seniors Festival. Read more

  • Closing: 12 September 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

Festivals Australia

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Festivals Australia supports community participation in, and access to, the arts and aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector. Read more

  • Closing: 14 October 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Festivals

Youth Opportunities Funding

NSW Family and Community Services

The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants of up to $50,000 to organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

Funded projects from previous rounds have focused on providing young people with the opportunity to develop a range of life skills, including healthy behaviours; leadership, communication and teamwork; event management and planning; and volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.

Applications for the most recent funding round closed on 27 June 2016. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

Celebration Grants

Multicultural NSW

Celebration Grants are for events and festivals that celebrate our cultural diversity.

Celebration Grants open three times per year. Funding is available for events on or after 1 May 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 17 March 2017
  • Categories: Festivals, Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

The Regional Flagship Events Program

Destination NSW

The Regional Flagship Events Program identifies and supports events in regional NSW that have the potential to act as a ‘cornerstone’ or flagship tourism event for their area by attracting overnight visitation and delivering long term benefits to the region.

Since it was established in 1997, the Regional Flagship Events Program has supported 271 individual events across regional NSW.

On 6 July 2016, the NSW Government announced that the Regional Flagship Events Program would be expanded to include two new funds in addition to the existing marketing support fund. The name “Regional Flagship Events Program” will remain as the umbrella title under which the three funds will sit:

  • Incubator Event Fund – supports the establishment of new events (see terms and conditions).
  • Flagship Event Fund –  supports the marketing of emerging events to increase their profile and encourage visitation (see terms and conditions).
  • Event Development Fund – supports the strategic development of proven flagship events as drivers of tourism (see terms and conditions).

Regional Flagship Events Program Factsheet (PDF 470 kb)

Eligibility conditions and assessment criteria unique to each of the three funds within the Regional Flagship Events Program are detailed in their terms and conditions. It is recommended that prospective applicants thoroughly read the terms and conditions before applying.

For further information on the program and application process contact:

Aida Hijazi
Regional Flagship Events Coordinator
Tel: (02) 9931 1431
Email: aida.hijazi@dnsw.com.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Festivals, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

NAIDOC Week Grants

Aboriginal Affairs, NSW Department of Education

NAIDOC Week is held annually in the first full week of July.  It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

Aboriginal Affairs offers grants to support NAIDOC celebrations and events within communities across NSW.

Applicants are invited to apply for funding in the order of $500 – $1,000, and for more significant events up to $3,000 can be considered.

This grant is closed for 2016 and will re-open in 2017. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Festivals, Indigenous
  • Open To: Organisations