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Wollongong City Council

Small Cultural Grants

Our Small Cultural Grants program covers a broad range of activities that enliven our city, build our cultural industry and encourage people to get involved. This can include activities like music, performing arts, visual arts and craft, and cultural projects.

We encourage people from diverse cultural and language backgrounds and members of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to apply for this program.

It is desirable, but not essential, that your project contributes to the Viva la Gong festival.

Applications for this program are now open until 31 March 2020.

Our Small Cultural Grants program is open to residents of the Wollongong Local Government Area. This includes:

  • Individuals
  • Community and cultural development organisations
  • Physically and socially isolated communities
  • Groups from diverse backgrounds
  • Young people.

To qualify for support through this program, projects must address issues highlighted in our Creative Wollongong strategy PDF, 10132.88 KB

You will also need to meet the program requirements for the category you are applying for:

If your application is successful, you will need to sign an agreement with Council, and provide a full report and acquittal after your activity takes place. Any funding provided must be used by the end of the financial year in which it is provided.

You will also need to acknowledge Council's support in any marketing or other material. Details will be included in your agreement document.

This program does not support:

  • Projects that take place outside the Wollongong City Council area
  • Projects that don't directly benefit Wollongong residents
  • Funding towards the completion of an accredited course of study
  • Activities that are mostly for fundraising purposes
  • Projects that carry forward a financial deficit
  • Projects that have already taken place
  • Activities where a more suitable source of funding is available
  • Projects submitted by government departments or agencies
  • Projects that financially benefit a profit-making individual, organisation or government department
  • Applications from anyone who has previously been given a grant by Council and has not acquitted that grant
  • Applications received after the closing date
  • Costs for insurance, lease or rent
  • Festivals; however funding may be considered for activities that are an element of a festival, if appropriate.

There are three funding categories for this program.

Category 1 - Community Cultural Development Projects

Category 1 supports local arts-based Community Cultural Development projects and events organised by individual artists and communities. Applicants can request up to $4,000.

Category 2A - Professional Development, Marketing and Minor Capital Support

This category is open to local community-focused arts organisations, groups and cultural initiatives that have been established for three or more years. It provides funding for professional development, marketing and minor capital support. Applicants can request up to $4,000.

Category 2B - New Intiatives: Professional Development, Marketing and Minor Capital Support

This category is open to local community-focused arts organisations, groups and cultural initiatives that have been established for less than three years. It provides seed funding for professional development, marketing and minor capital support. Applicants can request up to $1,000.

How to apply

1. Make sure you've read all the information above, the requirements for the program category you want to apply for, and our Financial Assistance Policy PDF, 168.72 KB.

2. If you're not already registered for Council's online services, create an account using the button below. We will email you a user name and temporary password within two working days.

3. Use the button below to log in to your account and start an application. You can save as you go, and edit your application before you submit it.

4. Make sure your application is submitted by Tuesday 31 March 2020.

If you need help with the online registration or application process, please call us during business hours on (02) 4227 7111.

You can also email us if you'd like to discuss your project before you make an application.

What happens next?

We will assess all applications in line with the program requirements and Council's Financial Assistance Policy.

Applicants will be contacted with a response in early July 2020.