Arts and Culture grants


The Arts and Culture grants stream funds a range of activities for individual artists, groups or arts organisations for projects that deliver the production and presentation of new creative work; professional arts and skills development; opportunities for all members of the community to participate in arts and cultural activities; strengthen the capacity and sustainability of Inner West’s cultural and creative industries; and benefits the Inner West community by contributing to local identity, belonging and pride.

Key Dates

Council's Annual Grants Program will reopen mid-year 2020.

Funding Available

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

  • Individual Artist grants for professional arts and skills development, individual artists and collaborations to support the production and presentation of new work. Individual Artist grants applications are open to individual artists or a group of artists who have a demonstrated history of professional arts practice.
  • Living Arts grants for arts and cultural projects, including community arts and cultural development, artist residencies, and exhibitions or events presenting single or cross-disciplinary art forms in the public domain. Living Arts grant applicants must be a legally incorporated, not-for-profit arts and cultural group or organisation or an eligible social or cultural enterprises.

To Apply

Council uses SmartyGrants administration software to manage its grants program. Applications must be submitted via the Inner West Council SmartyGrants webpage. Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and no late applications will be accepted. Hard copy applications are not accepted.

Past Recipients

A list of successful applicants and their projects for earlier rounds, can be found on the Successful Arts and Culture Grants page.


Download the Inner West Council Grants Program guidelines here: Inner West Grants Program Guidelines 2019 (PDF 928.9KB)


    The objectives of the Arts and Cultural Grants stream is to: Encourage creative excellence and innovation in the content and delivery of arts and cultural projects and programs in the Inner West. Contribute to the development and sustainability of arts and cultural industries in the Inner West. Promote strong arts and cultural networks and partnership opportunities. Increased community connection through art in the public domain, providing a range of access points for the community to participate in and enjoy arts and culture. Promote a vibrant street life, support local business and encourage visitors to the Inner West Local Government Area. Eligibility

    Eligibility Criteria


    To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

    • Be an Australian resident or permanent resident aged over 18 years.
    • Be currently located or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
    • Be a legally registered, incorporated not-for-profit organisation or group. Unincorporated groups must be auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation. Note: This eligibility criteria varies for Live Music, Arts and Culture and Community History and Heritage grants in 2019.   
    • Apply for a specific project, grants do not offer a permanent or ongoing source of funding.
    • Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria and address the grant stream objectives.
    • Demonstrate the project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council’s
    • Community Strategic Plan, policies and regulations.
    • Include a booking confirmation form for any standard or subsidised use of Council facilities required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks and sportsgrounds), unless otherwise negotiated with the relevant Council grant officer.
    • Submit an interim progress report on any outstanding grant projects before a new grant application can be considered.
      Only submit one application per grant stream per year. 


    Inner West Council does not provide grants for:

    • Projects that have already occurred (i.e. retrospective funding is not eligible) or to cover a shortfall in administrative costs.
    • Projects that duplicate existing services provided in the Inner West Council area.
    • Organisations that have not acquitted previously completed grant projects funded by Inner West Council, or who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
    • Ongoing salary costs for project management, operational costs or applicant’s wages.
    • Capital works such as renovations to buildings. Note: This eligibility criterion varies for Live Music grants in 2019.
    • Financial assistance for overseas travel.
    • General donations to charities. Council does accept applications for projects run by charities.
    • Activities that could be perceived as benefitting political parties or groups linked to a political party.
    • Projects that could be perceived as divisive within the community.
    • State or federal government departments or projects which fall under the responsibility of another tier of government.
    • Schools or tertiary institutions. Parents and Citizens’ Associations (P&Cs) are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the broader Inner West community (beyond the school community). Note: This eligibility criterion varies for Open Inner West grants in 2019.

    Assessment Criteria

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

    • Impact and quality of the project that contributes to Council’s Community Strategic Plan and Arts and Culture grants objectives.
    • Excellence and innovation in arts and creative practice and the delivery of arts and cultural projects.
    • Enhance community connection to art in the public domain and provide social and cultural benefits to communities in the Inner West.
    • Applicant’s capacity to deliver a well‐planned project including applicant experience, skills and time.
    • Realistic budget, including all sources of project income and quotes, where relevant.

    Application Support

    Council holds information sessions and one-on-one sessions to support potential applicants. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of these sessions and/or speak with a Council grant officer before applying.

    Information sessions are designed to explain the grant stream funding priorities, how applications will be assessed and conditions for successful applicants. They are also an opportunity to network with other community groups and meet potential project partners.

    One-on-one sessions provide grant applicants with tailored advice on their project and grant application. Receive feedback on your draft application and project ideas from Council’s grant officers and receive helpful tips on how to write your grant application.


    For grant enquiries please contact Freya Ververis, Council's Arts Grants and Engagement Officer on 9392 5282 or email

    It is encouraged for requests of over $2,000 that you discuss your project with a staff member from the Living Arts team.


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