Arts and Culture Grants

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 has allocated up to $150,000 in this one-off Grants program to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the arts and cultural sector.

This program has two program strands:

  • Artist fees
  • Projects

Applications are invited from eligible organisations that meet the criteria for one of these Grant programs.  Applicants must choose the most appropriate stream to apply for and must only submit one application.

Applications are now open and close on Wednesday 12 August at 4pm. Late or incomplete applications can not be accepted.

Find out more:

How to apply:
Submissions to be made through CN's online grants platform (SmartyGrants). Click on the appropriate link below to start your submission.

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)