Artist Support


NEW Create NSW funding support for small and medium arts and screen sector 

To support independent artists and small to medium arts, screen and cultural organisations impacted by COVID-19, Create NSW is implementing a number of measures. This includes accommodation assistance, new support for creatives to engage with online platforms, and a suite of initiatives that provide employment and development opportunities, and audience engagement and skill-sharing for arts, screen and cultural organisations and individuals across the State.

How has COVID-19 impacted on your work?

NAVA (National Association of the Visual Arts) is working closely with national peak organisations as well as state and federal ministries and government departments to understand these impacts and represent them in detail, so that government at all levels is in the best position to consider urgent policy and funding responses.

To support our Members and advocate for immediate action, we need to understand these impacts comprehensively.  

COVID-19 Impact survey 

More information from Museums & Galleries NSW 


Financial support for arts practitioners in NSW hard hit by the impact of COVID-19 is being provided by all levels of government.

The Australian Government, Australia Council For The Arts, Create NSW and the City of Sydney are all providing grants, loans and other forms of financial assistance specifically for artists, arts workers and cultural organisations.

Australian Government

The Australian Government has announced $27 million of funding for the arts sector. The government is providing:

  • $10 million to help regional artists and organisations develop new work and explore new delivery models. The funding will be delivered through Regional Arts Australia’s Regional Arts Fund
  • $7 million to support Indigenous artists and arts centres. The funding will be delivered under the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program
  • $10 million to Support Act to provide mental health services.

Australia Council For The Arts

The Australia Council has launched a Resilience Fund of approximately $5M for artists and arts organisations to support their livelihoods, practice and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Resilience Fund includes three streams:

  • Survive - small grants for individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup financial losses due to cancelled activity.
  • Adapt - grants for individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their practice and explore new operating models.
  • Create - grants for individuals, groups and organisations to continue to create artistic work and develop creative responses in a time of disruption.

Individuals can apply for up to $10,000 and organisations can apply for up to $20,000:

or the latest sector information go to:

A new comprehensive guide to sector support from Sharpe Advisory can be found here

Create NSW

In addition to a range of support provisions for cultural organisations, Create NSW has adapted its Small Project Grants to address the current situation of social distancing and the cancellation of non-essential travel.

Applicants - individuals or organisations - can apply for up to $5000 to create or participate in a variety of online activities, develop work in local contexts, and explore the presentation of work online.

City of Sydney

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

  • Small Business Grants: These grants are for for-profit organisations, including for-profit arts enterprises, employing between 1 and 19 full-time staff. Funds can be used for costs associated with changing your business model, developing online and e-commerce capabilities, training and professional development, renovating your premises or buying new equipment and software. Up to $10,000.
  • Cultural Sector Resilience Grants:Worth $2.25 million in total, these grants provideimmediate financial support tosole tradersand not-for-profitarts and culturalorganisations. Up to $10,000 per sole trader and $20,000 per organisation.
  • Creative Fellowships Fund: Valued at $1 million,this fund is tohelpkeep artists, creative producers, curators, and othercreative professionals working during a time of reduced opportunities. Projects can have outcomes that will be presented during or after the crisis. Grants up to$20,000
  • Community Service Grants: Valued at $1.5 million, these grantsprovide financial assistance to not-for-profit and social enterprises who support vulnerable community members with food security, digital inclusion and social inclusion. Grants from $5,000 to $50,000.
  • Quick Response Grant Program:Valued at $500,000, the quick response grant programsupports small-scale initiatives forlocal residents, communities and organisations responding to urgent need in their communities. These grants are available to cultural, community and small business operators. Grants from $2,000 to $5,000

Arts ACT

Arts ACT have launchedHomefront, a funding program that supports the needs of Canberra artists across all artforms, who have lost their income and ability to maintain their arts practice as a result of COVID-19. Funding of up to $10,000 per artist will be available to support arts development and the sustainability of their arts practices over the next 6-9 months. Successful recipients will be announced approximately Friday 1 May. Find out more...

Northern Beaches Council

Northern Beaches Council are offering Arts and Creativity Grants through Manly Art Gallery & Museum. Grants up to $10,000 are available to support individuals and organisations to investigate new ideas/designs, establish new ventures or develop collaborative innovation projects. Applications close Monday 30 April. Find out more...

At this difficult time, please know that support is near:

  • Call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or text the helpline on 0477 13 11 14
    Beyond Blue has a comprehensive list of national help lines and websites

For a full list of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates and social distancing measures, go to:

Australian Government website:

NSW Government website: