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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW
rescue restart micro grants
Small recovery grants
Flood (and natural disaster) recovery support for the arts and creative sector in the NSW Central West

In 2023 Arts OutWest has been given some one-off bonus funds from the NSW Government, some of which we have directed to Micro Grants to specifically support flood or other natural disater impacted* people and organisations in the NSW Central West*.

funding aims

The NSW Government’s Rescue Restart 2023 state-wide funding is focused on AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT. The overall funding is in acknowledgement that post COVID-19 there is a continued impact of audience hesitancy and reduced engagement.  The purpose of the NSW Government’s program is to enable Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs, including Arts OutWest) to engage with and develop audiences; and for RADOs to assist regional stakeholders who engage directly with audiences.

Arts outwest’s rescue restart micro grants

Arts OutWest’s approach to the use of this Rescue Restart funding includes a portion targeted to support the small-to-medium sector – in particular those directly impacted by floods (or other natural disaster) in our region in the last 12 months.

We intend Arts OutWest Rescue Restart Micro Grants to be spent on practical things that that assist flood impacted* arts*, heritage and creative industries practitioners, groups and businesses to re-open doors, restart regular activities, reach new audiences or continue trading as creatives.

Grants are for $1000 each. There is a limit of $20,000 in total funds for this round. (If your needs are more than this please talk to us as we are looking at additional ways to support).

There is a very short application and selection process (see below).

Funding closes Monday 5 June 2023. Applications will be assessed regularly throughout this timeframe to ensure response is a quick as possible.

*See ‘Definitions’ below for clarity.

Applications close: Monday 5 June 2023
Applications will be assessed regularly throughout this timeframe to ensure response is a quick as possible.
Activities must be completed by: March 2024.

The funding should directly support the arts, heritage or creative industries activities of the applicant.


Some examples of things that could be supported by Micro Grants:

  • trades work to make safe a space after water damage, so that it can reopen to the public
  • replace infrastructure such as display cabinets, shelving, signage, paint work, flooring etc
  • repairing or reframing of artworks so they can be sold
  • reprint or remake a stock of products so the artist can resume selling
  • replace destroyed musical instruments or art making equipment
  • minor repairs to public art
  • move works or equipment into or out of storage
  • purchase equipment to change how or where you sell products (such as setting up a market stall)
  • promotional activities to rebuild audiences
  • events that rebuild audiences
  • Individual people or sole traders; not-for-profit groups or organisations; businesses that have a professional, commercial or public outcome (on any scale).
  • Operating in some portion the arts, heritage or creative industries.
  • Effected directly and physically by the floods or other natural disasters in last 12 months
  • In the Arts OutWest 12 Local Government Areas
  • Must be able to show evidence of damage (this could include photos and /or quotes for work)
  • The funded work or activity must be complete by March 2024.
Ineligible APPLICANTS:
  • Based outside of the Arts OutWest region
  • Organisations and bodies that are part of state or federal government
  • Schools (but talk to us if this is you and you need support)
  • Local government (but talk to us if this is you and you need support)
  • Not arts, heritage or creative industries related.
Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following assessment criteria (this reflects the criteria Arts OutWest must report to the NSW Government on):

  • Need
  • Impact: Does the proposed spend or activity address the identified needs and have the benefits been identified?
  • Timeliness: will the project be delivered within the specified time frame?

Grants of up to $1000 (but please talk to us if your needs exceed this)

Total funding pool: $20,000

PLEASE answer these questions in your application

Applications can be submitted as Word, PDF or in the body of an email.

  1. Name of individual, group or business
  2. Street address
  3. Postal address
  4. Contact details – contact person, phone, email
  5. What do you or your organisation/ business do?
  6. What date/s were you impacted by flood or other natural disaster?
  7. Briefly outline the overall damage caused
  8. How has this damage impacted your activities or operations?
  9. How much are you asking for (up to $1000)?
  10. How would the Micro Grant funds be spent?
  11. What will be the benefits of the Micro Grant?
  12. Who is your ‘audience’ or your future intended audience (see definitions below)?
  13. What evidence have you attached to your application (this could include photos and/ or quotes for work)?
  14. Estimated completion date for the work/ purchases/ activities (must be before March 2024)

Information you provide to us will be shared also with Create NSW (NSW Government) but otherwise kept confidential.

submit applications to:

Send applications WITH ATTACHMENTS to

Kylie Shead, Executive Director, Arts OutWest

Phone: (Monday-Friday) 02 6338 4657


If we are not at the phone when you call please leave a message with your name and contact details.


For Arts OutWest ‘Arts’ includes all art forms (visual arts, music, theatre, dance, circus, crafts, textiles, design, literature etc) and the creative industries and also activities with a history, museums and heritage focus.


For the purpose of these Micro Grants, ‘audience’ can include your customers, visitors, patrons or participants in your activities.

Audience development

The Create NSW definition of ‘audience development’ includes “activities aimed at building potential audiences and/or deepening engagement with current audiences over time.”

Arts OutWest region

The 12 local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin

Directly impacted by flood or natural disater

By this we specifically mean direct, actual and physical impacts of flood waters or other physical natural disaster on premises, equipment or infrastructure.


Find more useful arts industry terms defined in the Create NSW Arts and Funding Program Glossary

Flood and disaster recovery support for the arts and creative sector: Repairing, replacing or rebuilding equipment or infrastructure; or reactivating spaces or programs; to build engagement with audiences.

Location: Targeted at communities in the NSW Central West impacted by flooding or other natural disaster (such as fire) in the 12 months prior to April 2023

Funded by: NSW Government through Create NSW

Key Dates 
Applications close: Monday 5 June, 2023