Kymberly Martin

Financial support for arts impacted by coronavirus

Financial support for arts practitioners in NSW affected by COVID-19 is being funded by The Australian Government, Australia Council For the Arts and the City of Sydney who are providing grants, loans and other forms of financial assistance for artists, arts workers and cultural organisations.


The Australian Government recently announced $27 million in funding for the arts sector that will be delivered through Regional Arts Australia’s Regional Arts Fund to support Indigenous artists and arts centres.

The Australia Council has launched a Resilience Fund for artists and arts organisations to support their livelihoods, practice and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals can apply for up to $10,000 and organisations can apply for up to $20,000


The City of Sydney is also providing a range of support packages for both arts practitioners and cultural organisations. These include:

Small Business Grants: For-profit organisations, including for-profit arts enterprises, employing between one and 19 full-time staff. Funds can be used for costs associated with changing their business model, developing online and e-commerce capabilities, training and professional development, renovating premises or buying new equipment and software.

Cultural Sector Resilience Grants: Provide immediate financial support to sole traders and not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations with up to $10,000 per sole trader and $20,000 per organisation.

Creative Fellowships Fund: Helps keep artists, creative producers, curators, and other creative professionals working during a time of reduced opportunities. Projects can have outcomes that will be presented during, or after, the crisis.

Quick Response Grant Program: Supports small-scale initiatives for local residents, communities and organisations responding to urgent need in their communities. These grants are available to cultural, community and small business operators.

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