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Wollongong City Council

Creative Wollongong Quick Response Grants

Our quick response grants provide financial assistance to eligible artists affected by COVID-19. This program is particularly aimed at individual artists or arts organisations who have been impacted by cancellations and lost opportunities.

The grants will support online workshops, performances or activities that can be shared with the public in a quick and accessible manner, or to support the development of new work.

Applications for our latest round have now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied - we'll be in touch soon!

About this program

Eligible artists can apply for a one-off grant to support online performances or activities that can be shared with the public in a quick and accessible manner, or to support the development of work in any media.

Eligible artists can apply for a one-off grant to support online performances or activities that can be shared with the public in a quick and accessible manner.

Performance Grants recipients may be offered an opportunity to perform live at a Council event within the next 24 months.

*An additional amount of $500 will be paid at the time of live performance.

Funding can be used for costs associated with:

  • Artist fees
  • The creation and publishing of digital and online materials or tools to create a new broadcast or streamed activity
  • Promotion of the activity
  • Development of a new work in any media
  • Materials required for the development of, or the delivery of, the activity.

This opportunity is open to artists, collectives and organisations based in the Wollongong City Council area.

All art forms are eligible.

Applicants must:

  • Be a professional emerging, mid-career or established creative
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Have the capacity to create, present and upload (if applicable) the work or activity within one to six weeks
  • Provide a project outline which includes:
    • How the broader Wollongong community is intended to be reached
    • Examples of previous similar work, or an example of the type of work /activity you intend to create.

This program will not support:

  • Artists or arts organisations that are party-political or whose purpose is primarily political, government departments of agencies, foundations or grant-making bodies, or those with a primary focus on fundraising
  • Artists or arts organisations or applications that seek to exclude or offend parts of the community
  • Artists or arts organisations that have an outstanding debt to Wollongong City Council or that have failed to comply with the terms and conditions of any previous funding agreement with Wollongong City Council
  • Any retrospective project
  • School bands and community choirs
  • Current Wollongong City Council employees, their immediate families and Council contractors
  • Artists who are currently supported by Wollongong City Council through a funding program for the same concept and / or activity.

1. Project Merit 40%

Your application should demonstrate:

  • The merit of the project
  • The quality and reputation of your previous work.

2. Project Impact 30%

Your application should demonstrate:

  • How the project will impact your personal practice in the current economic climate
  • How the activity will reach and impact potential audiences now or in the near future.

3. Project Viability 30%

Your application should demonstrate:

  • Effective planning
  • Effective project outcome either online or via a future event.
  • Applications will be assessed by Wollongong City Council's Cultural Development and Events officers
  • The assessment panel reserves the right to request further information if required
  • Applications are assessed as submitted
  • Applications are kept confidential and the application details will not be disclosed to any person outside the application and assessment process
  • All funding decisions are final
  • Unsuccessful applicants can make additional submissions after a break in the assessment cycle.

Successful applicants are required to comply with the following terms and conditions:

  • Sign a letter of agreement detailing the grant obligations
  • For online presentations, the applicant must be able to upload the new broadcast or streamed activity to a website or portal agreed to by Wollongong City Council
  • Present an acquittal report using a template which will be provided to successful applicants
  • Performance Grant recipients are required to be available to participate in one future Council event within the next 24 months.

Grant payment terms are subject to the applicant providing Council with a signed letter of agreement, and a tax invoice with an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Wollongong City Council will not be responsible for shortfalls in project budgets if the grant recipient is unable to meet project costs.

Enquiries and support

If you have questions about this program, please email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.