The Arts and Cultural Development Program

Rosie Deacon, Fun foam fantastical-fabulous fun! Installation view, 2014-15. Firstdraft. Photo: Zan Wimberley

Rosie Deacon, Fun foam fantastical-fabulous fun! Installation view, 2014-15. Firstdraft. Photo: Zan Wimberley

The Arts & Cultural Development Program supports a resilient and vibrant arts and cultural sector, and delivers quality arts and cultural experiences to diverse audiences around NSW.

The Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) is the NSW Government’s major grants program for arts and culture. Arts NSW administers the program on behalf of the NSW Government.

Download a copy of the Arts and Cultural Development Program Guidelines.

Funding categories

Program Funding
Program funding is available to NSW-based organisations to assist with the cost of delivering arts and cultural programs on an annual or multi-year basis.

Project Funding
Project funding supports innovation, vibrancy and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector. Funding is available for arts and cultural activities and events.

Professional Development Funding
Professional Development funding supports artists and arts/cultural workers to engage in opportunities to grow their skills and practice, connect with peers, build sustainable careers, and take part in innovative collaborations. Arts NSW also supports the Premier’s Literary Awards and History Awards.

More information about the program and each funding category is in the Arts and Cultural Development Program Guidelines.

The ACDP Guidelines

The Arts & Cultural Development Guidelines offer more comprehensive information about the program and the types of funding it offers. The information on this website is a general guide only; applicants should read the guidelines before submitting an application.

Download a copy of the Arts and Cultural Development Program Guidelines.

The Arts and Cultural Development Program – FAQs

The ACDP’s objectives

The ACDP is guided by three major objectives:

Quality: A creative and vibrant NSW arts and cultural sector renowned for excellence and innovation

We address the notion of quality within our arts and cultural sector through a focus on creativity, vibrancy, excellence and innovation in our decision making across all artforms and cultural collections.

By seeking out and supporting these qualities we will foster an ambitious, contemporary and progressive sector that is inspired locally, but has national and international appeal.

Reach: State-wide engagement with diverse audiences and communities

We want everyone in NSW enjoying the benefits that come from experiencing and participating in arts and culture. The ACDP aims to make projects and programs accessible, with particular focus on ACDP priorities.

Health: A resilient NSW arts and cultural sector

We want to continue to build on the expertise and creativity active in our arts and cultural organisations. We will be working to increase their resilience through the exploration of new working methods and income streams. Building resilience will ensure continuity, and will ensure high quality arts, experiences and cultural activities in NSW.

The ACDP’s priorities

The Arts & Cultural Development Program seeks to grow the quality and number of arts activities that engage with :

• people living and/or working in regional NSW
• people living and/or working in Western Sydney
• Aboriginal people (see the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy)
• people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
• young people
• people with disability.

If you have further questions about the ACDP please contact Arts Development and Investment staff. 

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