City of Sydney is offering millions in grants to support business, arts, social services and community groups

Apply now for help to pay your staff, recalibrate your business, keep making art or keep your community connected

Applications are now open for the City of Sydney’s newly announced support measures for business, services and the arts, a package worth $72.5 million.

The grants are designed to provide relief for culture, community services and businesses within the City of Sydney local government area.

For small businesses (and for-profit arts organisations) of 19 or fewer employees, there is $2 million in small business grants available to help them adapt their business to the new conditions. Grants are for up to $10,000 per business.  

For the arts, $2.25 million has been earmarked for cultural sector resilience grants to help organisations pay their artists and to help independent artists keep working. Not-for-profit cultural organisations can apply for up to $20,000 and sole traders can apply for up to $10,000 to compensate for lost income due to Covid-19 restrictions.

There are up to 50 creative fellowships worth $20,000 available. These are for individuals and collectives to develop new projects and initiatives during the restrictions related to the crisis.

Community service grants are for not-for-profit and social enterprises who support vulnerable people with food security, digital inclusion and social inclusion in response to the pandemic. From $5,000 to $50,000 per grant is available.

There is also half a million dollars available in ‘Quick Response grants’  for urgently needed small-scale programs. The grants are for between $2,000 and $5,000 each.

The deadline to apply for most of this funding is by 5pm, Monday 27 April 27, 2020. There is no deadline for Quick Response grants.

Realising that every moment counts in the current crisis, City of Sydney has launched a Small Business Concierge service to advise small businesses on getting City of Sydney support – and also help them navigate the support available from state and federal governments. The service can be accessed by calling 02 9265 9333, Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm. You can alternatively email your enquiry to

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