If you’re working on a project that has an arts or cultural focus and could use some cash to get it off the ground, you’re in luck. Until 13 March, you can apply for a cultural and creative or a matching grant from the City. Aim high, or, if your idea is small, just get a boost to make it better – we offer anywhere between $5,000 and $50,000.
To help you with your application, we have 3 examples of successful matching grant recipients. Our grants team shares their wisdom on why these projects were supported.
Yala Gari Living Languages
During a 3-week program, Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman poet Lorna Murno and Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Gumbangirri and Bundjalung musician and dancer Eric Avery led a series of workshops at Alexandria Park Community School and Alexandria Park Secondary School. They held intensive poetry workshops that encouraged experimentation with Indigenous language, place names, poetry, writing, art making and performance. This was followed by an exhibition of final works.
What did the applicants get right? The project had significant support from local organisations 107 Projects and the Graeme Wood Foundation. It developed cultural awareness and understanding of Aboriginal language. It also highlighted intersections between Indigenous language, place names and meaning, with English and visual art.
This exhibition, held at 107 Projects, brought together artists of various ages, mediums and experiences to exhibit work responding to the diversity of bird life. The projects featured were a cabaret-style performance of The Owl and the Pussy-cat, a live creation of a glass-blown ibis and a bird-themed animated film night.
What did the applicants get right? This program created an opportunity for people with disability to exhibit, develop new skills and collaborate with more experienced artists from Sydney and other cities.
As part of Sydney Comedy Festival, Pushy Women promoted women in the arts and sustainable transport. It featured a line-up of female comics as well as a free, guided women’s cycle.
What did the applicants get right? This project aligns with our objective to make Sydney more comfortable for people who walk or cycle. It also considers accessibility by supporting women comedians and booking Auslan interpreters for the event.
When preparing your application:
- Read over our organisational strategy, called Sustainable Sydney 2030, to get an idea of the vision that’s driving our work
- Book a face-to-face Q&A session (sign up to the grants email alerts to receive an invitation)
- Call the grants team with any questions
Find out about our matching, cultural and creative and other types of grants. You can also read about other successful applicants. Applications close 13 March.