Arts and Culture and Local History Grants

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The 2017 Program is NOW CLOSED

The Arts and Culture and Local History Grants Program supports projects and initiatives that:

  • provide opportunities for creative participation and the celebration of local history;
  • enhance creativity and connection to place in the public sphere;
  • develop skills; and
  • strengthen the sustainability and capacity of the Inner West Council’s cultural and creative industries.

Arts and Culture grants of up to $7,500 are available in the following categories:

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  • Independent Artist Grants
  • Local History Grants

Grants are open to not-for-profit organisations, social and creative enterprises, individuals auspiced by an incorporated body and individual artists. The Arts and Culture Grants program aims to strengthen the Inner West community as an arts and cultural hub.

All applications should aim to provide community benefits for the residents of the Inner West Council area. 
This includes the suburbs of Annandale, Ashfield, Balmain (including Balmain East), Birchgrove, Dobroyd Point, Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lewisham, Lilyfield, Marrickville, South Marrickville, Petersham, Rozelle, Stanmore, St Peters, Summer Hill, Sydenham, Tempe. Inner West Council also includes parts of Ashbury, Camperdown, Croydon, Croydon Park, Hurlstone Park and Newtown.

Download the Arts and Cultural Grants Guidelines (PDF 2.2MB) here.
Download the Local History Grants Guidelines (PDF 3.7MB) here
Alternatively you can read them on the below.

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The objectives of the Arts and Cultural Grants Program are to:
• support activities which contribute to the development of arts, culture and local history in the Inner West Council (IWC) area, including participation and engagement;
• promote strong arts and cultural networks and partnership opportunities;
• encourage excellence and innovation in the content and delivery of arts, cultural and local history activities;
• connect the community to local places through diverse initiatives, such as activations and explorations of place
• promote a vibrant street life, support local business and encourage visitors to the IWC area
• build audiences for the arts, and provide a range of access points to both participate in, and enjoy the arts.

Types of projects supported

Arts and Cultural Grants:

Grants for arts and cultural events and initiatives, such as exhibitions, performances, community cultural development projects and creative initiatives in the public sphere.

Independent Artist Grants:

Grants supporting artists’ professional and creative development, including independent arts practice and projects sitting outside mainstream arts.

Local History Grants:

Grants to support and enrich Council’s Local History Collection with a focus on organisations or persons to undertake projects about people, events and places of historical significance to the IWC area. Projects may include research, collections, archiving, conservation, publications and exhibitions about the Inner West’s social and cultural history.

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be considered in the process of assessing applications:

  • Impact and quality of social and cultural benefits to local communities
  • The merit of the application in addressing community priorities identified in the Inner West Council’s Statement of Vision and Priorities
  • Innovation in creative practice and the delivery of projects and services
  • The extent to which the project addresses the Arts and Cultural Grant Program Objectives (outlined earlier in this document).
  • The capacity to deliver a well-planned project including concept, plan and experience
  • Realistic budget including all sources of project income
  • The extent of the in-kind and financial support provided by the applicant towards the project
  • Merit of the application in comparison to the other applications
  • Benefits to communities within the IWC area adversely affected by WestConnex


  • Applicant must be an Australian citizen and be over 18 years
  • Applicant must be a resident of IWC, or non-resident offering a project of demonstrable and significant benefit to residents of the IWC (as defined on page 3). IWC residents must be the principal beneficiaries of the project
  • Applications must be for a specific project and are not available as a permanent source of future funding
  • Projects must be able to demonstrate that the grant would be for a project in the public interest and in accordance with Council policy
  • Applicants must be proposing a project within specified dates of the particular funding program, and cannot be used retrospectively
  • Applications must address Council’s Statement of Vision and Priorities
  • Applicant must have acquitted previous grants from IWC or the former Councils comprising the IWC and have no outstanding debts to Council
  • Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria of the specific grant program being sought
  • Applicants applying as individual artists must have a demonstrated history of professional arts practice
  • Creative or social enterprises are eligible on the basis that they are located in the IWC area, are small to medium scale and proposing a project that provides significant benefits to residents of the IWC area
  • Only one application per category of the Arts and Culture Grants Program to be submitted each year

Not eligible

  • Projects which duplicate services already provided in the IWC area
  • General donations to charities, however specific local projects applied for by charities may be eligible
  • Ongoing staffing or operational costs
  • Grants will not be provided to political parties or groups formally linked to a political party
  • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community
  • State or federal government departments (including schools or tertiary institutions), or projects which fall under the responsibility of another tier of government. P&C’s can only apply for projects which can demonstrate the project is accessible and beneficial to the broader Inner West community (beyond the school community)
  • Grants seeking financial assistance for overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits

Grants Administration

Application process

Applications must be provided using the Smartygrants online application management system. The grants page on Council’s website will provide further information regarding the application process, including opening and closing dates and a link to the relevant application form (the form for Local History Grants is separate to the form for the Arts and Cultural Grants and Individual Artist Grants). Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the grants information session which will assist applicants with their proposals. Applicants with any questions regarding the application process or needing assistance to complete the online application form, may contact Council’s Community and Culture team.


No late applications will be accepted. Submissions will be compiled and assessed against eligibility and selection criteria by an expert panel with recommendations made to Inner West Council for approval.


Submissions will be assessed against eligibility and selection criteria by an expert panel with recommendations made to Inner West Council for approval. Successful applicants will be advised in writing and will be required to enter into a formal funding agreement with Inner West Council. Funding agreements must be finalised before the grants are awarded.

Conditions for approval:

  • Council reserves the right to assess an application under an alternative category;
  • The awarding of a grant does not imply the provision of any additional resources or funding for that project or associated activities from Council;
  • Applications for the purchase of significant items (over $1,000) must include copies of two quotes;
  • Applicants who have received funds in previous years will only be eligible to apply for assistance in the current year if all accountability and evaluation procedures have been satisfied;
  • Applicants may not vary the purpose of the grant for which they have been funded without receiving written approval from Council;
  • Applications must contain written confirmation from all partnership bodies named in the proposal as confirmed funding sources or key participating organisations
  • Once contracts are finalised, payments are processed with a standard 30 day turnaround time.

Funding agreements and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to undertake the following activities:

  • Sign a funding agreement accepting the conditions of the grant;
  • Forward Council an invoice for the awarded sum;
  • Ensure all promotional materials acknowledge Council’s support through text or logo placement. Approval of final copy must be sought one month prior to release;
  • Once final copy is approved, for funded ticketed events, provide free tickets for Council representatives
  • The Inner West Council staff will extend an invitation to key Council representatives and confirm the number required with the recipient;
  • Where funds are approved for the purchase of equipment, the organisation or individual will be required to provide receipts for equipment, the equipment is to be identified as an asset of the organisation and engraved. Should the organisation cease to exist or the individual no longer uses the equipment, the equipment must be returned to Council;
  • Failure to comply with these requirements will mean the funded organisation or individual will not be eligible for grants in the future and may face legal proceedings.

Evaluation and reporting

Grants recipients are required to acquit their project on a Smartygrants online evaluation and reporting form within two months of their project completion. Any unexpended grant funds must be returned to Council.

Further Information

For more information about the Inner West community visit:

Community Profile webpage
Statement of Vision and Priorities


Key Dates

  • Grants open - 3 July 2017
  • Grant Information Session Petersham - 4 July, 6pm to 7pm
    Bookings essential at Eventbrite
  • Grant Information Session Ashfield - 5 July, 10am to 11am
    Bookings essential at Eventbrite
  • Grant Writing Workshop Ashfield - 10 July, 10am to 1pm
    Bookings essential at Eventbrite
  • Grants close - 10 August 2017 


The 2017 Program is NOW CLOSED


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