Arts grants


The Arts grants stream funds a range of activities for practicing individual artists, groups of artists or arts organisations for projects that deliver the production and presentation of new creative work, professional arts and skills development, opportunities for audiences to engage with arts and cultural participation, strengthen capacity and sustainability of Inner West’s creative industries, and those that benefit the local community by contributing to local identity, belonging and pride.

Key dates

Council’s Grant Program is postponed to 1 October 2020

Funding available

Funding for Arts grants is available under two grant categories:

Category 1: Individual Artist Grants of up to $5,000 each per year in 2020

For practicing individual artists or groups of artists

Individual Artist grants are for professional arts and skills development and artist collaborations to support the production and presentation of new work. Individual Artist grants are for practicing individual artist/s who have a demonstrated history of professional arts practice.

Category 2: Arts Production Grants of up to $10,000 each per year in 2020

For not- for -profit arts organisations creating or presenting new work

Arts Production grants are for arts projects, including arts development and exhibitions or events presenting art forms in the public domain. Applicants must be a legally incorporated, not-for-profit arts group or organisation or an eligible social or cultural enterprises. This includes an incorporated organisation that provides social or cultural benefits but does not meet the criteria of being an incorporated not-for-profit. 

Past recipients

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


Coming soon


Council's arts grants program aims to:

  • Encourage creative excellence and innovation in the content and delivery of arts projects and programs in the Inner West.
  • Contribute to the development and sustainability of arts industries in the Inner West.
  • Promote strong arts 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.

Eligibility criteria


To be eligible for funding, you must:

  • Be an individual artist, group of artists or an arts organisation with a demonstrated creative practice.
  • Be an Australian resident or permanent resident aged over 18 years.
  • 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 varies for Arts and Community History and Heritage grants in 2020.
  • Be a resident of or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
  • Include a booking confirmation form for use of a Council facility required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks and sportsgrounds) unless otherwise negotiated with the relevant Council grant officer.
  • Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria.
  • Address the grant stream objectives.
  • Demonstrate your project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council’s Community Strategic Plan, policies and regulations.
  • Only submit one application per applicant each year.


Inner West Council does not fund:

  • Applicants who have not acquitted previously completed grant projects or provided an interim progress report for any outstanding grant projects funded by Inner West Council.
  • Applicants who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
  • Applicants who represent a state or federal government department.
  • For-Profit Organisations and Sole Traders. Note: this eligibility varies for Arts Grants - Individual Artists category Sole Traders can apply.
  • Applicants who represent a school or tertiary institution. Parents and Citizens’ Associations however are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the Inner West community.
  • Projects that have commenced or already taken place. Council does not provide retrospective funding.
  • Projects that duplicate existing services already provided in the Inner West Council area.
  • Capital works, such as renovations to buildings. Note: this eligibility varies for Environment Grants in 2020/2021.
  • Financial assistance for interstate or overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits.
  • Salaries of permanent employees who will be supervising or working on the project as part of their usual duties. However, grants may fund additional staff to work specifically on the project.
  • Ongoing operational expenditure such as fixed overheads and administrative costs.
  • General donations to charities. Council does accept applications for projects run by charities.
  • Activities that could be perceived as benefitting political parties or associated groups.
  • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community.

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

Application support

Council hosts a variety of 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

These are public meetings 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

These one-on-one sessions provide grant applicants with tailored advice through a one-on-one meeting or phone call. Receive feedback and helpful tips on your project ideas from Council’s grant officers.  

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.  


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

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