Capacity Building Program for NSW and ACT Arts Sector
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Capacity Building Program for NSW and ACT Arts Sector

Nelson Meers Foundation has joined with The Sidney Myer Fund and W & A Johnson Family Foundation to co-fund a Capacity Building Program for New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory artists and small to medium arts organisations – this round is now open for applications.

The program will provide grants of up to $50,000 split into two equal payments over two years to independent New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory companies and collectives.

This is the first collaborative funding project between the Sidney Myer Fund, Nelson Meers Foundation and W & A Johnson Family Foundation. Recognising the scale of the unmet need in the independent sector, the Trustees of the three philanthropic groups are pleased that recipients will be announced in December 2018.

The program will distribute $340,000 in the coming grant round.

This capacity building program will strengthen and grow the independent arts and cultural sector in Australia by granting money to ensembles, collectives and groups that are highly connected within their sector, and producing excellent work. Funds will be awarded untied – to be applied as the recipients see fit in the course of their everyday activities.

Why did we fund this project? Driven by The Sidney Myer Fund, this is the third round of its kind. We are thrilled by the success of previous rounds in the other states and the real impact the funds have had for the recipients. We believe that co-funding projects increases their chance for impact and therefore continue to seek projects that strengthen the sector as a whole.

More information about the program and how to apply can be found on the Sidney Myer Fund's website (