Applications for Creative Capital Funding Program Now Open

The NSW Government is seeking applications for cultural infrastructure projects that will benefit audiences and improve access to arts and cultural facilities across NSW.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said that local councils, not-for-profit organisations and Local Aboriginal Land Councils, should take advantage of the targeted cultural infrastructure funding and apply with ideas that will benefit the local community.

“This funding is an excellent opportunity for our community to develop and upgrade cultural facilities in the region, and I encourage everyone to put their ideas forward,” Ms Cooke said.

Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said the Minor Works and Equipment Projects Round Two grants, delivered through the Creative Capital program, demonstrate the NSW Government’s commitment to invest in projects that reinforce the State’s position as the leading arts and culture hub in Australia.

“We’re calling for applications for projects that will pay dividends for communities across NSW by developing and upgrading fit-for-purpose cultural facilities such as museums, theatres, performance spaces, galleries and Aboriginal Keeping Places and language centres,” Mr Franklin said.

“Cultural equity is at the heart of the NSW Government’s Creative Capital program and thanks to the $60 million investment – more projects like this can now realise their ambitions, providing more people with access to world-class arts and culture, no matter where they live in the state.”

“The people of NSW deserve a rich and diverse cultural offering and this funding will ensure our museums, theatres, performance venues, galleries, libraries and Aboriginal Cultural Centres, Keeping Places and language centres are fit-for-purpose and continue to present quality arts and cultural experiences.”

Applications close on 12 midday, Monday 8 August 2022, download a copy of the guidelines at

Record Funding for Cootamundra Electorate Schools in 2022

The NSW Government will allocate a record $19.4 million to 63 public schools across the Cootamundra electorate in 2022.

This week schools will receive their School Budget Allocation Report which includes funding allocated through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM), a needs based funding model that ensures record funding is targeted at supporting the individual needs of students.

The funding for the Cootamundra electorate is part of a total annual $10.4 billion being delivered to NSW public schools in 2022 that will drive improved student learning outcomes.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said schools are receiving more funding than ever before under this government.

“This level of funding going to our schools mean students have the opportunities and support to reach their potential through a quality education,” Ms Cooke said.

“This government is proud of its investment in public education. Principals will use this funding allocation to effectively plan the strategic use of resources, putting students and their education needs first.”

The allocation of RAM funding recognises the needs of schools across NSW differ and takes into account the socio-economic profile of students, Aboriginal student numbers, students with disability and English language proficiency.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the funding provides certainty and gives schools the ability to plan the investment in their students. 

“The allocations are part of a total $10.4 billion investment being delivered directly to public schools in 2022, supporting our students and improving their learning outcomes,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This record investment is not a ‘spend and forget’, but a targeted approach solely focused on our students and underpinned by the new School Success Model.”

The School Success Model’s commitment to simplifying school budgets and reducing time spent on low-value administrative tasks in schools strengthens the state wide focus on teaching and learning to ensure funding is invested to improve results.

The NSW Government is working towards creating Australia’s best education system and providing students with world-class education no matter where they live.