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Written by Aksel Ritenis


Individual artists and small to medium arts and cultural organisations impacted by COVID-19 restrictions will soon be able to apply for COVID Development Grants to support the development of new work.

Up to $300,000 in small development grants will be delivered through Create NSW.


Donald Thomas Harwin is an Australian politician. He is the New South Wales Special Minister of State and the Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the grants would provide an emergency lifeline for individuals and the small to medium arts and cultural sector who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic.

“Individual artists and small to medium arts and cultural organisations are the lifeblood of the sector, generating significant cultural and artistic activity, which is crucial for the state’s economic and social wellbeing,” Mr Harwin said.

“The NSW Government is providing emergency targeted support through grants of up to $5,000 for individuals and groups, and up to $10,000 for small to medium organisations to alleviate the disruption the pandemic has caused for the cultural and creative sectors.”

“These grants are designed to address the impact that the COVID-19 restrictions have had on the development of new work in the arts and cultural sector.”

Funding is available for the creation, development and presentation of new works, employment of artists and arts and culture workers, skills development and training, marketing, fundraising and promotional costs, workshops and other public programs, and to purchase equipment or digital resources to deliver new programs and projects.

Applications for the COVID Development Grants are now open on the Create NSW website at

This funding is in addition to the 10% increase in funding to the open competitive project and program Rounds. Round 1 just closed with a 36% increase in applications compared to Round 1 last year. Artists and arts organisations can plan for Round 2 which opens on 6 December 2021.

This emergency funding is also in addition to the ongoing Small Project Grants (Quick Response), a grant programs which supports individuals to take up new and unique opportunities.

In 2021/22 the NSW Government committed an additional $6 million per year for four years to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program.

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