The Northern Beaches has a thriving and diverse creative community and our local creative sector continues to evolve and grow.

The Arts & Creativity grants program supports this growth and developing an agile and sustainable sector. It does this by funding a range of projects, programs and activities providing opportunities for individual artists, cultural or creative workers, or arts organisations across all artforms.

This annual program focusses on projects and initiatives that deliver direct benefit to individuals and communities within the Northern Beaches local government area. 

Awarded Arts & Creativity Grants 2023/24

Council received 84 applications across three project categories, with 27 projects awarded a grant.

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Available Funding

Individual Creative Projects

Up to $5,000 

To support individual artists and artistic collaborations in the production and presentation of new work, and/or professional development. This includes arts and creative workers with a demonstrated history of professional arts practice working across a range of established and emerging art forms and disciplines.

Creative Community Projects

Up to $10,000 

To support arts and creative projects, including community arts and cultural development, artist residencies, community workshops/activities, and programs or activities delivered in public spaces and places.

Creative Sector Innovation Projects

Up to $10,000 

To support individuals and organisations investigate new ideas/designs or concepts, establish new ventures, or develop collaborative innovation projects to grow the creative industries and support sector sustainability.

Key dates for 2023/24

  • Thu 29 Jun 2023, 10am - applications open for the 2023/24 program
  • Mon 7 Aug 2023, 3pm - applications close
  • Early Nov 2023 - notification to applicants
  • End of Nov 2023 - distribution of funding
  • Nov 2023 - 31 Dec 2024 - projects delivered
  • 31 Jan 2025 - acquittals due

Grant Guidelines for 2023/24

Before applying for the 2023/24 Arts & Creativity Grants, please review the guidelines.


Applications have now closed for the 2023/24 round.

Apply through the online platform SmartyGrants. Once you set up an account you can save a draft application and return later to edit it. However, once you submit you can not make any changes.

If you have access requirements please contact us and we are happy to help.


Support Available 

For enquiries and grant application support please contact us. 
Please refer to FAQs in our Guidelines for answers to commonly asked questions.

Phone: 1300 434 434 or 02 8495 7564

To speak to a Council officer with an interpreter, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 and ask to be connected to the Northern Beaches Council on 02 8495 7564.


General resources are available on our Grant Resources page. Links specific to the Arts & Culture Grants are available in the tabs below. 

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Grant writing webinars

Grant writing instructional videos and presentations have been prepared for applicants to use to help improve your skills and understanding of grants, and increase your chances of securing a grant for your projects and programs. 

Head to our general Grant Resources page to see a range of resources available to help make your application the best it can be. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

If working with First Nations creatives, intellectual property and/or cultural themes, we recommend reading the following resources:

Australia Council for the Arts
This protocol guide encourages self-determination and helps build a strong and diverse Indigenous arts sector. It provides a pathway for collaborations and creation of new Indigenous work.

Webinar from the Australia Council 
Using First Nations Protocols for Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

Aboriginal Heritage Office 
Supported by a number of Sydney councils, including Northern Beaches Council.

NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group 
A non for profit Aboriginal organisation that provides advice on all matters relevant to education and training with the mandate that this advice represents the Aboriginal community viewpoint.

Create NSW 
Aboriginal Arts and Culture Protocols from the NSW State Government.

Arts Law
A helpful fact sheet on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property

Terri Janke and Company
Rights to Culture: Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), Copyright and Protocols

A collection of resources for visual artists. 

Australian Indigenous Design Charter 
For designers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content and themes, or interested in First Nations practices. 

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 



Cultural Diversity

Creative Equity Toolkit
Resources for cultural diversity in the creative sector.


Accessible Arts NSW
The peak arts and disability organisation in New South Wales. They advance the rights of, and opportunities for, people with disability or who are d/Deaf to develop and sustain professional careers in the arts and have equitable access to arts and culture across NSW.


Theatre Green Book
Practical tips and comprehensive sustainability plans. 

Sustainable Theatres Australia
A collective of theatremakers and administrators who are passionately dedicated to the mission of creating a more sustainable Australian theatre industry.

Julie’s Bicycle
A pioneering not-for-profit, mobilising the arts and culture to take action on the climate and ecological crisis.

Council’s policy on Single Use Plastics
We ask that projects adhere to our Single Use Plastics Policy. 

Northern Beaches Council

Reading our documents may help you frame your project in accordance with the goals referred to in the Guidelines.

Previous Successful Applicants

It may help to look through previous recipients to understand the type of work we have supported. 

View the list of successful recipients and their projects.

Arts & Creativity Grants Recipients


The Arts and Creativity grants program continues to realise the vision of the Arts and Creativity strategy, Connected through Creativity 2029.


Guidelines: Arts & Creativity Grants Program 2023/24


The Northern Beaches has a thriving and diverse creative community and our local creative sector continues to evolve and grow.