Blue Mountains City of the Arts Grant Program 2021

OPENS:    Wednesday 3 March 2021, 9am
CLOSES:  Friday 9 April 2021, 5pm

In 2021 the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Grant program will support projects that encourage arts quality and innovation, strengthen the local arts sector and that engage the local community and visitors as both participants and/or audiences.

There are three separate grant streams offered in 2021. Applicants are asked to complete the relevant application form for their project. Each application form is colour coded for clarity as below.

1. Small Grants Round: Individuals

  • For individual artists applying for funding to a maximum amount of $2,000 for their project. Please fill in the RED Application Form.

2. Annual Grant Round: Individuals and Organisations 

These grants are available to individual artists/creative professionals and not-for-profit organisations who are income tax exempt. 

  • For individuals applying for funding to a maximum amount of $10,000 for their projects. Please fill in the BLUE Application Form.
  • For organisations applying for funding to a maximum amount of $10,000 for their projects. Please fill in the YELLOW Application Form.

Please note: Individual artists/creative professionals have the option to choose to have their project auspiced (i.e. have their project administered by an eligible organisation) and are encouraged to do so if their project is complex, but it is not a requirement.

Please read the guidelines and application forms carefully prior to contacting Council staff about your proposed project. 
To discuss a project proposal or to seek clarification, please contact the City of the Arts Trust Grants Team on or 4780 5410.

Who can apply? 
Individual artists and creators who reside in the Blue Mountains and eligible organisations that are located in the Blue Mountains LGA. See guidelines for eligibility.

Where do I find more information? 
Download the Guidelines and Application Forms on this page. 

How do I apply? 
Download and read the Grant Guidelines and Application Forms [PDF fillable forms]

Important Note: To use the PDF fillable forms, on PC or MAC please follow the instruction below:

  • Open the form in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. This means you may need to right click on the form link and select save link as… save to your desktop, then right click the pdf form from your desktop > open with > Adobe (Acrobat or Reader). All fillable fields and signature box will be active and be able to be completed.
  • If you open the form in a new tab in your internet browser – STOP. You will not be able to fill in the PDF form correctly and we may NOT be able to see any information you have entered. You will most likely be unable to sign the form as well, in this mode.

If you have followed the instructions above and are still experiencing difficulties, please contact the Grant Administration team on 4780 5410.

Application via email is preferred.

Applications can be lodged as follows:

1. Email to

  • Please note: Your email with application and any attached documents/ material cannot exceed 8MB If it exceeds this limit the email may bounce and Council will be unaware that you have submitted an application.
  • Applications must contain the following information in the Header as follows:  
    - BM CAT Small Grant Round 2021 – APPLICANT NAME-PROJECT NAME  
    - BM CAT Annual Grant Round 2021 – APPLICANT NAME-PROJECT NAME
  • If you need to send additional emails containing attachments, please ensure that they are clearly identified with the APPLICANT NAME and PROJECT NAME and then – PART 2/PART 3 etc.
  • Due to their size, please forward Constitutions & Certificates of Incorporations separately labelled as above. We are not able to accept applications via DROP BOX or equivalent. 

2. Mail to: Blue Mountains City Council, Attention: The Trust Administrator, Locked Bag 1005, Katoomba, NSW, 2780;

3. Deliver in person to:  Blue Mountains City Council front desk; Council Headquarters at 2 Civic Place, Katoomba.  

How will I know that the application has been received? 

All applicants will be notified of receipt of the application by email within 7 working days of the closing date.

If you do not receive notification of receipt for the project application for your specific project within 7 working days of the closing of applications, you must contact within two weeks of the close of applications, otherwise the project will not be included in the assessment process.

If you need to have the forms sent to you via email please contact the City of the Arts Grants Administrative Team via or telephone 4780 5410.

Please note: Extensions of time are unable to be granted for equity reasons.

General information

The Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust was created to build on the City’s reputation of being the State’s inaugural City of the Arts.

The Blue Mountains City Council is the Trustee and each year Council contributes $50,000 to the Trust to administer a grants program. The Trust Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Blue Mountains City Council to support selected arts projects in the visual, performing and literary arts for the benefit of Blue Mountains residents.

The Trust can also receive donations to support arts and cultural activity within the Blue Mountains. It has Tax Deductible Gift Recipient status. ABN 74144673857

If you would like to be a patron of the arts in the Blue Mountains, you can make a donation by contacting the Cultural Development Coordinator at Council on 4780 5000 or emailing