Create NSW Arts & Cultural Funding Program: Service Needs Strategic Fund

Create NSW Arts & Cultural Funding Program: Service Needs Strategic Fund

The purpose of the Service Needs Strategic Fund is to: meet demand for additional professional development and capacity-building services across the arts and cultural sector, as prioritised by the Service Needs Review; encourage innovative approaches to delivering these services with a view to promoting best practice models for future delivery of services; and evaluate the impact on service provision for these areas and on the arts and cultural sector each year.

Proposals are invited that design and deliver strategic support programs and activities to address the following priority areas of need identified by the Service Needs Review:

Digital Resources: Economically efficient ways of developing high quality web-based digital resources and services that meet business, practice and professional development needs.

Practical Facilitation: Strategic programs that enhance Service Organisations’ capacity to assist artists and arts organisations to manage, produce and market their work and attract funding and different forms of investment, including philanthropy.

Careers Development: Strategic approaches to better collaborate with State Cultural Institutions, major performing arts companies and festivals, State Significant Organisations and relevant NSW Government agencies, to develop partnerships that generate career development pathways. This includes mentoring, entrepreneurship and business development for NSW artists and arts organisations.

First Nations Engagement: Strategic programs that engage with First Nations artists, arts organisations and communities to build capacity and deliver services. These must include one or more partnerships with Aboriginal led organisations.

NSW Priority Areas: Programs that provide support for and engagement with artists, arts organisations and communities from the NSW Government’s other priority populations:

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

Spaces for Art: Strategic programs and activities that assist artists and arts organisations to find affordable space to make and present work.

The following organisations are eligible to submit proposals to the Service Needs Strategic Fund:

  • NSW arts and cultural sector Service Organisations,
  • NSW arts, screen and cultural organisations,
  • Organisations from the NSW creative industries sector, and
  • NSW tertiary institutions currently delivering programs for the arts and cultural sector.

Organisations must benefit NSW by either providing services to the NSW arts and cultural sectors, and/or employing NSW artists or arts and cultural workers. The funding should not be used for an organisation’s general business operations or administration unrelated to the service being provided.

Applications close: 18 May 2021.

More information and application.

Contact: 8289 6520 or

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