Minister's Arts Recovery Grants

NSW public schools are invited to apply for a Minister’s Arts Recovery Grant (MARG) for 2022 to support the development and implementation of arts-based projects for students in schools that have been significantly impacted by drought, bushfire, flood and/or COVID-19 in 2020 – 2021.

The Minister for Education has allocated $700,000 to support the wellbeing of students in affected communities across the state by providing funding for:

  • the recovery of school arts programs impacted over the last 2 years and/or
  • initiatives that reflect an arts-based response to trauma.​​​​​​

Complete the Minister's Arts Recovery Grant application form to apply.

Applications close at 5:00 pm on Friday 3 December 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of Term 1 2022.


Jenny Beachum
The Arts Unit



Selection criteria

Minister’s Arts Recovery Grants will be awarded through a competitive process. Applications will be assessed using the following selection criteria:

  1. Impact of drought, bushfire, flood and/or COVID-19 on the delivery of arts programs in the school.
  2. How effectively the activity or project meets student learning, engagement and wellbeing outcomes through the arts.

Application conditions

Grants of up to $10,000 will be available to individual schools. If an application is made on behalf of a group of schools, one school will be responsible for the application and acquittal. Each school or group of schools may only submit one application.

Funds may be used for projects administered by a P&C, however, all funds will be held by a school and applications must be endorsed by the principal.

Grant funding is provided as a single payment and must be used for the project detailed in the application. No further funding is attached to this grant.

Funds can be used to support music, dance, drama and/or visual arts activities through:

  • teacher release
  • tutor costs
  • professional learning
  • equipment.


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