Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Service Needs Strategic Fund


NOW CLOSED. Closes 18 May. The NSW Government has announced a new Service Needs Strategic Fund for arts, screen and cultural organisations, to meet the demand for professional development and capacity-building across the sector.

Media release from Create NSW (19 April 2021)

$300,000 in targeted support will be made available in 2021 for NSW organisations to provide services, resources, and skills and career development for the arts and cultural sector. Arts, cultural and screen organisations, and organisations from the creative industries are invited to submit proposals addressing one or more of the six priority areas of need identified by the Service Needs Review.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said that the funding program has been provided in response to identified service needs for the arts and cultural sector in NSW.

“We have listened to what artists, creatives, and arts and cultural workers say are their most pressing needs for capacity building and professional development, and I’m delighted to announce the new Service Needs Strategic Fund.

“The Service Needs Strategic Fund is available to support local organisations that want to step up to provide additional resources to the arts and culture community in NSW.

“The new fund will ultimately enable artists and arts and culture organisations to find new markets and audiences, and attract funding and different forms of investment,” said Mr Harwin.

An information webinar will be held to answer questions about the fund on Monday 19 April at 10am.

Applications for the 2021 Service Needs Strategic Fund are now open and close 5pm, Tuesday 18 May. For more information including, full guidelines, information on how to apply and details for the webinar, visit

For more information on the Fund and the webinar,  and to apply, visit the Service Needs Strategic Fund page.

Image: 2017 TWT Creative Precinct Block Party – St Leonards, Brand X Productions. Photo: Tim Da Rin.