Innovating Dance Practice Grant Program


Click here to download the Grant Information PDF 

Click here to download the Create NSW ACDP Guidelines


Michelle Silby, Director of Ausdance NSW, is proud to announce the third, and final, year of this exciting and new grant program initiative by Ausdance NSW, made possible by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. Providing opportunities for dance artists in NSW continues to be Ausdance NSW's primary objective as the key support, advocacy and service body for dance in the state. This Ausdance NSW initiative will provide numerous artists with the ability to innovate their practice and ultimately contribute to the New South Wales dance sector. Applicants can apply for an amount between $500 and $5,000. We welcome all dance artists in the state who match the criteria below to apply and look forward to seeing the outcomes of the Innovating Dance Practice grant program.

We are really thrilled to have been successful in initiating this opportunity for individual dance artists in NSW. We will be delivering a devolved funding program for dance, supported by Create NSW. This small grants program called 'Innovating Dance Practice', aims to support peoples dance practice through small one off grants that inspire and develop dance artists' skills. There is a total of $30,000 available each year, for the next three years. Applicants can apply for an amount between $500 and $5,000. Ausdance NSW staff will facilitate the program, which will be assessed by an independent panel.

- Michelle Silby, Director Ausdance NSW & Executive Director Ausdance Victoria 

The Innovating Dance Practice grant is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice through funds made available by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is a three year initiative.

The grant provides assistance to realise an opportunity that inspires new work, knowledge and skills, for example:

  • Program of activity that develops your professional practice
  • Secondment with an organisation
  • Mentorship with an individual
  • Residencies involving innovative approaches to your working practice.

Your proposal must engage with at least one of the following Create NSW, Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) priorities:

  • People with disability
  • young people
  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people living and/or working in regional NSW
  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney.

Funds can be used to cover any costs associated with your activities, such as, artist fees, materials and equipment, travel (including international travel), venue/studio rental fees, registration fees, workshops, conferences, or documentation.

Funding Available

Applicants can apply for an amount between $500 and $5,000.

Remember to save your application on a regular basis.


To be eligible to apply for Innovating Dance Practice grant :

  • Applicants must be professional dance practitioners
  • Applicants must engage with at least one Create NSW ACDP priority
  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status in Australia AND have been a resident in NSW for at least 12 months preceding the application date
  • Grants are not available for retrospective activities. Funds are only provided to undertake projects or activities that fall within the project period specified
  • Projects undertaken to meet full time educational course requirements are ineligible for funding.
  • Applicants must be a current Ausdance NSW member.


Applicants may discuss their applications with Ausdance NSW staff. The online applications are managed through Create NSW’s secure online grants system – SmartyGrants.
You must create a SmartyGrants account before you can proceed with your application.

Frequently asked Questions

What does professional mean?

Applicants must be a professional dance practitioner (dancer, choreographer, director). A professional practitioner must have a commitment to arts/cultural work as a major aspect of their working life, even if this work is not the main source of their income. The term professional is intended to indicate a degree of training, experience or manner of working that allows their work to be assessed against the highest practice and standards in their relevant artform/discipline.

Can I devise my own professional development program?

Yes – include a timetable and organise where you would like your program to take place.

An example: A choreographer wanting to make / explore work in a new setting, might want to apply for a paid secondment within a different artform or context e.g. a gallery, film company, theatre company, digital design company, gaming company, international company.

What can I spend my budget on?

Anything that supports your project. You can spend your budget on: fees (yourself and mentor), travel (including international travel), accommodation, training; e.g. master classes; dance / choreography or courses: business, film editing, website design, etc.

Supporting Material
Applicants can provide supporting documentation with the grant application. Limits to the size of files you can upload are noted on the application form in SmartyGrants.                                                                                                                                                

Successful Applicant Requirements
Results of the assessment are communicated by email. Please allow at least twelve weeks from the closing date before making enquiries.

Grants must be expended as outlined in the application unless prior written permission to make a variation has been asked for and given by Ausdance NSW. Successful applicants must submit an acquittal report available through SmartyGrants.

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