Types of funding

Hissy Fit, Episode, documentation of performance for Day For Night, Performance Space, 2014. Photo: Lucy Parakhina

Hissy Fit, Episode, documentation of performance for Day For Night, Performance Space, 2014. Photo: Lucy Parakhina

Arts NSW directly invests in artists, organisations and arts workers through the Arts & Cultural Development Program. We also create funding opportunities by leading and implementing strategic initiatives and partnerships .

The Arts and Cultural Development Program

The Arts & Cultural Development Program is the NSW Government’s major grants program for arts and culture. Arts NSW manages the program on the NSW Government’s behalf.

The program supports a resilient and vibrant arts and cultural sector, and delivers quality arts and cultural experiences to diverse audiences around NSW.

Devolved Arts NSW funding

“Devolved funding” refers to Arts NSW funding that is managed by another organisation. We devolve some Arts and Cultural Development Program funding to arts and cultural organisations to support activities at a more regional and local level. These organisations have broad networks across the arts sector, specific artforms and communities to allocate these funds effectively.

Funding through strategic initiatives

Arts NSW also creates funding opportunities through a number of strategic partnerships and initiatives it has formed with other organisations and government agencies.

These include:

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