Arts and Culture Grants

City of Newcastle (CN) provides a number of funding opportunities to support initiatives that contribute to the social, cultural, environmental, and economic life of the city.

As a result of the Grants and Sponsorship Review that wrapped up in 2020, all CN funding programs have been reviewed.

Details of future funding opportunities will be available soon.

To search for other funding opportunities that are currently open, try CN Grant Finder.

Successful Boost Arts and Cultural Grants

As part of the City of Newcastle’s (CN) support and commitment to the arts, culture and heritage sectors of the City, CN offeded a one-off Grants program to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the arts and cultural sector.

This program had two program strands:

We received a wonderful variety of Boost Arts and Culture grant applications. Below is a list of successful projects

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2021 Micro Theatre Festival

11 to 20 February 2021

The 2021 Micro Theatre Festival will present 12 new short plays across three independent venues. The festival offers four plays at each venue and the season will feature 35 actors and the work of 10 writers and 12 directors. The festival celebrates local creative work, creative venues and presenting live theatre with a focus on great experiences for both artists and audiences.

Chess the Musical

8 to 27 February 2021

The Very Popular Theatre Company presents CHESS the Musical at the Civic Theatre. We have a mixture of artists including a 38-piece orchestra and a 200+ voice choir. We also bring professional artists from interstate and the USA to Newcastle to perform in the show including ex-Novocastrian artists.

Scrubs-off Art

An initiative delivered by local artists for our local health professional community. Artists will offer a series of workshops for health professionals designed to promote playfulness and wellbeing through the creative process. The series will be held at Hudson Street Hum. There will be four creative experiences (maximum of 12 participants per class): Life Drawing, Experimental Ink Painting, Step-by-step Beginner Painting and Hands-on Clay Building.

Mural - Hannell Street Maryville

Creation of a contemporary mural celebrating the local community by a local artist Brett Piva.


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Newcastle Fringe Festival 2021

17 to 21 March 2021

The 2021 Newcastle Fringe Festival will provide a quirky boost to Newcastle's live entertainment landscape.

Noye's Fludde

19 & 20 March 2021

Newcastle Youth Orchestra in collaboration with Julie Logan Music and Avondale Conservatorium presents Noye's Fludde by Benjamin Britten in City Hall Concert Room.

Bush Clowns

November 2020 to February 2021

Bush Clowns is a roving theatrical series of performances aimed at spreading laughter and joy throughout Newcastle during this difficult time. A series of events over a 4-month period.

The Innocent Victim

October 2020 to March 2021

A short film - Saying NO to Domestic Violence, through the eyes of a child.

Promoting Arts through African Community Drug Awareness Program

October 2020 to March 2021

Efforts to reduce alcohol related misconduct in the African community through participation and messaging via creative process and cultural performance. Venue - Islington Public School.

Exhibition of Art by Parkinson's People

15 to 20 March 2021

People with Parkinson's have attended an Art Therapy class, real and on Zoom to help with their symptoms and feelings of isolation. This is their exhibition. Hudson Street Hum, Hamilton.

For the Record

October 2020 to January 2021

This project will commission local emerging music acts from Newcastle to contribute to a compilation vinyl. Each artist will be paid for the use of their track and will also receive an allocation of merchandise for them to sell.


This performance of Handel's 'Messiah' with a massed community choir, orchestra and soloists activates public space for live performance in the city; it celebrates community and the joy of music for performers and music lovers following the limitations of Covid-19.

Friday Chill

The project is a free, family friendly, live music event hosted by Soul Café on Friday nights 6:30pm - 8:30pm throughout the summer season. The project will enable the local community and visitors to the area to gather in the East End precinct to enjoy easy listening music performed by a variety of local artists.

The Council Support for Arts and Cultural Organisations

The Council Support for Arts and Cultural Organisations in Newcastle program is currently being reviewed, with a number of other funding programs, by City of Newcastle. This review however is on hold while a Community and Economic Resilience Package is being implemented in response to COVID-19.

Projects supported by City of Newcastle:

Catapult dance choreographic hub

Propel: Choreographic and Multi-Disciplinary Performance program.
A series of dance residencies bringing together local, national and international artists, with public presentations at Catapult, Newcastle Art Gallery and culminating in a triple bill in Civic Theatre.
January 2018 – June 2020 (3 years)

Newcastle Youth Orchestra

Newcastle Youth Orchestra (NYO) Ensembles' Season
Performances by NYO’s ensembles and commissioning of new work presented in June 2019.
January 2018 - June 2019 (2 years)

Newcastle Writers Festival

2019 Newcastle Writers Festival
July 2018 – June 2019 (1 year)

Tantrum Youth Arts

Trajectory - Launching New Work - Giving agency to young theatre makers in Newcastle
Young artists 18-30 years collaboratively making new, contemporary and innovative theatre works and presenting in Newcastle and Sydney.
July 2018 – December 2020 (3 years)

Octapod Association

This is Not Art
Developing a sustainable festival model whilst also developing a new music co-presenter, We Don’t Dance, to grow the festival by 25%.
July 2019 – April 2021 (3 years)