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Industry Development Program

The 2023-2024 Industry Development funding round closed 14 July 2023.

The Industry Development Program provides funds to organisations that create professional development opportunities for NSW screen practitioners at various stages of their career.

Funding is provided for one-off or annual events including workshops, masterclasses, forums and professional development activities.

Guidelines can be downloaded from the documents box on the right-hand-side of the screen.

All applications must be received through the Screen NSW online grants administration system, SmartyGrants.


For more information, please contact our Program Officer via

Screen NSW staff are available to provide information to potential applicants on interpretation of these Guidelines, including types of projects eligible for funding and advice on the online application process. Staff cannot help directly with your application. To maintain a fair and equitable process, staff are unable to edit or correct any applications. 


If you are an applicant with a disability and you require this information in a format which is accessible to you, or if you require this information in another language, please contact our Program Officer via

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If you are applying for activity that involves working with Aboriginal communities or Aboriginal cultural heritage, please refer to Create NSW’s Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Protocols. 

Create NSW plays an important role in supporting the NSW Aboriginal cultural sector through providing direct investment through funding programs, developing strategies and policies for cultural development and advice and guidance to Aboriginal artists, arts workers and organisations. 

Create NSW acknowledges that a strong and vibrant Aboriginal cultural sector starts with supporting self-determination for the Aboriginal sector to manage, maintain and preserve Aboriginal cultures and ensure that the right way to do cultural business is supported, understood and acted on. 

With the Aboriginal Arts & Cultural protocols, Create NSW seeks to work with the Aboriginal cultural sector to champion a new body of practice that has Aboriginal self-determination and Aboriginal cultural authority and agency at its foundation. 

Just as Aboriginal culture is living and continues to evolve, these Protocols have been developed to be a living document. Create NSW will continue to work with the NSW Aboriginal cultural sector to update the protocols annually, to ensure that the continued growth and new and emerging areas are covered. 

The Protocols can be found here.

We also recommend that you refer to the Screen Australia Pathways and Protocol: A Filmmakers Guide to Working with Indigenous People, Cuture and Concepts

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What can I apply for?

The Industry Development Program provides support for one-off or annual events including workshops, masterclasses, forums and targeted professional development activities that enhance the NSW screen eco-system and increase screen professional development opportunities. 

Who can apply?

Funding for the Industry Development Program is generally open to: 

  • Not for profit incorporated bodies
  • Co-operatives or trusts, local government authorities
  • “For profit” organisations may be able to apply for a project. Applications will need to be discussed with Screen NSW prior to making an application.

To be eligible for funding, organisations must be legally constituted. Applicants need to provide proof of their legal status. 

A consortium or a group of organisations working collaboratively may make applications. In this case, one eligible organisation must be nominated as the lead organisation. The Funding Agreement will be between Screen NSW and the lead organisation. 

Applications may be considered from non-NSW based organisations where the applicant can demonstrate that the project occurs in NSW or has significant benefit for NSW residents. 

Ineligible types of organisations 

Applications for the Industry Development Program will generally not be accepted from: 

  • Individuals, partnerships or groups of individuals, and unincorporated organisations 
  • Government departments and agencies, primary and secondary schools and TAFE Colleges 
  • Previous Create NSW, Screen NSW or Arts NSW funding recipients who have not fulfilled the conditions of the funding and/or who are overdue in acquitting prior funding

Ineligible types of activities 

Funding for Industry Development will generally not be available for: 

  • Publications or magazines about screen 
  • Development or production of screen content 
  • Travel
  • Awards or competition component of an initiative
  • School focussed programs.

Please note that Screen NSW will not support conferences, panel discussions or similar events which have all male panel members. 

When can I apply?

The 2023/24 Industry Development Program is open for applications from 15 June 2023 to 14 July 2023.

What is the funding term?

Applications for Single Year Industry Development Program funding cover activities occurring over a single financial year, for example 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024. 

Applications for Multi Year Industry Development Program funding cover activities occurring over multiple financial years, for example 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2025 (for 2 year funding) and 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2026 (for 3 year funding). 

What is the funding range?

The minimum funding amount for the Industry Development Program should not be for less than $2,000.

Funding is generally not offered above $10,000 for a Single Year project, however funding above that amount may be considered for a program of activities or in exceptional circumstances.

Funding for Multi Year is uncapped. However, grants to the majority of organisations will be in the range of $10,000 - $30,000 per year.  To be considered for the upper amounts, organisations will need to demonstrate an outstanding track record (i.e. A history of three Screen NSW or Create NSW grants in three of the last five years, at the time of the application) and impact on the NSW screen sector.

First-time applicants are required to discuss their application with Screen NSW either over the phone or in person. All returning applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their application.

For more information or to discuss your proposed project, please contact our Program Officer via




Is a minimum contribution required?

Organisations applying for funding are expected to secure other sources of income or in-kind support wherever feasible. Income may be derived from sources such as sponsorships, grants or subsidies from other agencies, revenue from ticket sales, fund raising and other activities. Applications that do not include other sources of income or in-kind support are not considered as competitive.

Funding Payments

For Single Year applications, funding will generally be paid in one lump sum per financial year funded upon receipt of a signed Funding Agreement. 

For Multi Year applications, funding will generally be paid in one lump sum per financial year funded upon receipt of a signed Funding Agreement for year one and specified times in subsequent years.

Screen NSW will not enter into agreements until all previous grants with Screen NSW and Create NSW have been acquitted or a variation of grant has been approved. 

Assessment Criteria

All applications are assessed against a common set of five criteria. 

1. Project merit 

Applications should include: 

  • A clear outline and rationale for the project including evidence of the need for or demand for the project, intended audience and location/s
  • Information about the personnel who will deliver the project including details of their roles, relevant experience and key achievements 
  • Details of the key activities, milestones and dates
  • Key result areas, indicators and targets for the project. 

2. Audience development and participation 

  • Applications should include well developed strategies for engaging people in opportunities to experience quality screen content and innovative practice including: 
    • Evidence of the need or demand for the project and why it should be regarded as a priority for funding
    • Strategies for engaging people in quality screen content and innovative practice, for example, workshops, networking opportunities, capacity building 
    • Appropriate measures to assess the success of these strategies and to integrate knowledge gained into future programming. 

3. Benefits 

The application should demonstrate that the project will build the capacity of screen practitioners, stimulate innovative screen industry practice in NSW and provide opportunities for participation in screen industry development for one or more of the following Priority Areas: 

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

4. Organisational capacity 

The application should provide brief information regarding the organisational capacity to deliver the project, including: 

  • An outline of the core business, aims and objectives of the organisation
  • An outline of the experience and expertise of the organisation as it relates to the project
  • Comprehensive details of the organisation including Board or Committee, staff, governance arrangements
  • Financial information for the previous year (actual) and current year (estimated)
  • Evidence of the organisation’s legal status (if not supplied previously). 

Multi Year applications must also include: 

A business plan that demonstrates the viability of the organisation for the period of funding (2 or 3 years) including other sources of funding and the most recent annual report, including the most recent financial statement.

Evidence of a significant positive track record of achievement and delivery of services for the screen industry in NSW. An example of a track record includes a history of three Screen NSW / Create NSW grants in three of the last five years (at the time of application). 

5. Budget 

The budget should provide sufficient detail to demonstrate that the project is cost effective, includes realistic income and expenditure targets and makes adequate provision for insurance and other liabilities. Explanatory notes should be used where needed. 

Recurring projects must include previous years budget actuals.

Confirmation of in-kind and cash should be backed up by support letters. 

The budget for projects being delivered on-line should be commensurate to actual delivery costs.

Support Material

Support material plays a vital role in how we understand and assess your application. Choose high-quality support material that is concise, current and directly relevant to your application. 

Support material for proposals involving the Aboriginal arts and cultural sector and/or Aboriginal people, organisations and cultural material must include letters of support and confirmation of involvement from the relevant communities and/or organisations (see NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Protocols). 

Other support material may include: 

  • a program of activities 
  • relevant and recent examples of your artistic work (images, video, recordings, written material or links to websites) 
  • a brief biography or CV for any screen practitioners or key collaborators involved in the project (maximum one A4 page per person) 
  • confirmation letters and/or letters of support related to your project (provided as one document), such as from partners, venues, key sector contacts or other funding agencies 

Make sure to submit your support material in the amount and format required, including: 

  • combined files not exceeding 25MB 
  • five minutes of video or audio recording 
  • no zipped or compressed files 
  • documents in PDF format where possible 
  • links for externally hosted work only. 
What happens if my application is successful?

You will be notified of your successful application by email.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?

You will be notified of your unsuccessful application by email.

Screen NSW is able to provide feedback on the assessment of your application. For more information please contact our Program Officer via


Feedback, review and formal complaints procedures

If you would like to provide us with feedback, or believe you have cause for complaint, the details of our Feedback, Review and Formal Complaints Procedures are available here.