What funding is available?
I’m a sole trader working in the creative services industry. Unfortunately I am not eligible for the small business grants as creative industries is not listed as a priority sector. What Government grants are available for me?
Sole traders as well as corporate entities are eligible to apply for the NT Government’s Small Business Survival Fund.
The arts sector may apply under the Leisure and recreation category, categorised as tourism (other). The immediate survival payment amounts include:
- $2,000 for sole traders
- $5,000 for businesses with 2 to 4 employees (FTEs)
- $20,000 for businesses with 5 to 19 employees (FTEs)
- $50,000 for businesses with more than 20 employees (FTEs).
To find out more visit https://businessrecovery.nt.gov.au/businesses/small-business-survival-fund#section1
What new Arts Grants are available as part of the COVID-19 resilience package?
The NT Government will deliver a $1 million reprioritised funding program to support the arts sector with a focus on artists, arts workers, arts groups and not-for-profit arts organisations. This funding will be delivered through the following programs and priorities:
Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program - $200,000
Funding will be provided to the Indigenous visual arts peak bodies (Desart and Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists (ANKA) in the coming weeks to provide intensive support to NT Aboriginal art centres, artists and arts workers.
Digital Adaptation Program - $200,000
Grants will be available to help artists and organisations to establish an online presence, including the capacity to develop online content and establish e-commerce platforms to support arts business continuity and remote operations.
Grant funding of up to $10,000 per applicant, with priority for projects that support artists and arts workers who have experienced significant loss of income and capacity as a result of COVID-19. Applications will open on 7 April 2020 and close on 17 April 2020.
Channel NT Virtual Territory - $200,000
An online platform, content curation and management will be facilitated through the appointment of a dedicated Virtual Territory Producer.
Grant funding of up to $10,000 per applicant will also be available to support artists and creatives to develop content, which is recorded, live streamed and accessible through online platforms to showcase NT artists.
Expressions of Interest for the Virtual Territory Producer open on 3 April and close on 9 April 2020.
Artist and creative grant applications will open on 20 April and close on 1 May 2020.
Territory Arts Projects - $400,000
Grants will be available to support artists, arts workers and eligible not-for-profit organisations across multiple art forms to develop and showcase new work, develop innovative online or digital projects, and acquire new skills. Grant funding of up to $20,000 per applicant, or $15,000 for emerging artists (less than five years professional practice) will be available through two funding rounds.
Activities may include:
- research, development and creation of new artistic works;
- innovative use of technology, online platforms, live streaming to develop and showcase new work, reach audiences and develop online communities and engagement;
- skills development including participation in online workshops or skills development activities; and
- support for emerging artists in the first five years of professional practice.
Round 1 opens 9 April 2020 and closes 23 April 2020.
Round 2 TBC.
What about the Arts Grants Programs that are currently open?
The following Arts Grants Programs are currently open:
- ATSI Creative Fellowships – closes 8 April 2020;
- Regional Museum Grant Support Program – closes 13 May 2020;
- Professional Development grants – closes 30 June 2020; and
- Strategic Arts Program closed on 16 March for activities from 1 July 2020.
Are there any Arts Grants programs that have been affected?
Round 5 of the Arts Trail Regional Stimulus Grant Program has been suspended. The remaining funds from this program will be directed to provide practical support and business continuity to the arts sector through the Creative Industries Sector Immediate Response and Resilience Program (CISIRR).
My creative services organisation is not-for-profit, what Government grants are available for me?
$5 million Immediate Work Grants program
Some organisations may be eligible for grants of up to $100,000 for NT not-for-profit and community organisations to engage local businesses to do repairs, renovations and upgrades to their property and facilities. These are for permanent physical improvements to land and/or buildings. The first $50,000 will be paid as a grant without co-contribution of funds.
The NT Government will also match any renovation costs that exceed $50,000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to a maximum total of $100,000.
Information for the not-for-profit sector/community organisations is available here: https://businessrecovery.nt.gov.au/not-for-profit-and-community-organisation
Last updated: 06 April 2020
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