Blue Mountains City of the Arts Grant Program 

Applications for the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Grant program 2019-2020 closed on 10 April, 2019. 

The Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust assessment panel reviewed applications for the current grant round in May. Council endorsed the panel’s recommendations at the Council Meeting on 25 June, 2019. 

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

The 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.

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