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 Trust administers the City of the Arts Grants Program, to which Council makes an annual contribution of $50,000.  

The Trust’s primary objectives are to: 

  • Support the local arts industry and strengthen the cultural fabric of the Blue Mountains
  • Encourage arts quality and innovation
  • Engage local communities and visitors in arts and cultural activities, as both participants and audiences.

The Trust Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Blue Mountains City Council each year to support selected arts projects in the visual, performing and literary arts for the benefit of Blue Mountains residents.

Donate to the Trust

Donations to the Trust help build a strong & vibrant arts culture in the region by bolstering the reach of the City of the Arts Grants Program, which directly supports local arts projects. The Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust has both Tax Deductible Gift Recipient status (TDGR) and Charity Tax Concession status (TCC) and can receive donations to support arts and cultural activity within the Blue Mountains. Please contact the Cultural Development Coordinator at Council, Katrina Noorbergen to discuss your contribution: knoorbergen@bmcc.nsw.gov.au.

Blue Mountains City of the Arts Grant Program 2022

OPENS:       9am - Wednesday 16 February 2022
CLOSES:     5pm - Sunday 27 March 2022

INFO SESSION: Wednesday March 2, 5pm. Register via Eventbrite: http://bmculturalcentre.eventbrite.com

The 2022 Blue Mountains City of the Arts Grant program will support projects that encourage arts quality and innovation, strengthen the local arts sector and engage the local community and visitors as both participants and/or audiences.
There are two grant streams offered in 2022 for amounts up to $10 000. Applicants are asked to complete the relevant application form for their project. Each application form is colour coded for clarity as below.

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 (ie 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 Administrator at knoorbergen@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

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 save it to your desktop, right click > 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 Administrator for assistance knoorbergen@bmcc.nsw.gov.au
Submit the completed application form and support material by the closing time and date. Please be advised, Council assistance is only available on week days.

Applications must be lodged as follows:

Email to council@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

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 according to the application you have filled in:  

  • BMCAT22 Grant YELLOW_PROJECT NAME

OR

  • BMCAT22 Grant BLUE_PROJECT NAME 

 

How will I know that the application has been received?

All applicants will be notified of receipt of the application by email within 5 working days of when the application is lodged.

If you do not receive notification of receipt for the project application for your specific project within 5 working days of lodgement of the application, you must contact council@bmcc.nsw.gov.au within two weeks of the close of applications, otherwise the project will not be included in the assessment process. 

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

Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust Grants Program 2021

The 2021 program awarded more than $81,000 in grants to support the projects of ten local artists and arts workers. 

The successful candidates were:

  • Accessible Film Making, Bus Stop Films
  • Mt Victoria Festival of the Moving Image, Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains
  • Space, Time, Light, Yvette Hamilton
  • Dark Side of The Blue - The Board Game, Kellie Mar
  • Big Family Circus Picnic, Tamour Bloomfield
  • Mountain People, Jonathan Hibbert
  • Underground, Miriam Williamson
  • Live at the Village: Mara! Big Band Young BM Musician Project, Gary Daley
  • Of Place / In Place, Peter Kennard
  • In Case of Fire – Poetry book project, Michel Streich

Please follow Blue Mountains City of the Arts on Facebook for 2021 grant project updates and future opportunities: https://www.facebook.com/cityofthearts/