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Blue Mountains City of the Arts Grant Program 2019-2020

OPENWednesday 27 February 2019                                                               

CLOSING: 5pm – Wednesday 10 April 2019

The Blue Mountains City of the Arts Grant program has $50,000 annually and is available for projects that encourage arts quality and innovation, that strengthen the local arts sector and that engage the local community and visitors as both participants and/or audience.

Funding is available for a limited number of projects and is generally in the range of $5,000-$7,500. The maximum amount available to any one project is $10,000.

The grant is open to individual artists and not-for-profit organisations with income tax exemption. Individual artists need to be auspiced.

Please read the guidelines carefully prior to contacting Council staff about your proposed project. To discuss a project proposal or to seek clarification, please contact the Cultural Development Co-ordinator on or 4780 5544

How do I apply? 

  1. Download the Grant Guidelines and an Application Form (for either an individual or organisation) via ‘Forms and Resources’ (see below) or 'Related Downloads'.
  2. Submit the completed application form and support material by the closing time and date. Application via email is preferred.

Applications can be lodged via:


Email to

Please note: Your email with application and any attached documents/ material cannot exceed 8MB (If it exceeds 8MB the email may bounce and Council will be unaware of your attempt to send the email)

Emailed Applications must be addressed in the Header as follows: BM CAT Grant 2018 – PROJECT NAME 

If you need to send additional emails containing attachments, please ensure that they are clearly identified with the 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. 


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

In person

Deliver in person to Blue Mountains City Council front desk at either: The Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, 104 Macquarie Rd, Springwood or 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. Please note: Extensions of time are unable to be granted for equity reasons.

If you do not receive notification of receipt for the project application for your specific project (particularly if you are applying for multiple projects) within 7 working days of the closing of applications, you must contact or ph 4780 5636 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 Grants Administrative Team via or telephone 4780 5636.

When will results for the Grant Round be announced?

The Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust assessment panel will review applications for the 2019 grant round in May. It is anticipated that the panel’s recommendations will be considered by the Blue Mountains City Council in June. 

Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing in early July 2019.

Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust grant partners for 2018/19

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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