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Strategic Opportunities Program 20/21

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Overview & Eligibility

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Before You Begin

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For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us on (02) 82896417 during business hours or email

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Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge the Aboriginal people of what is now called New South Wales and value their ongoing connections to country, community and culture that have existed across millennia.

We celebrate through these connections, Aboriginal cultural strength, resilience and contemporary creativity.

We respect the role that Aboriginal creatives play in contribution to a deeper sense of identity and place through sharing knowledge, skills and stories and the important role that Aboriginal Elders are in guiding this process.


The Strategic Opportunities Program supports individual initiatives and events that demonstrate long-term benefits to the NSW screen industry.

Before completing this application form, please ensure you are familiar with the Guidelines and have discussed your application with Screen NSW prior to submitting, 


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis at any time during the year, subject to available funds. 

The objectives of the Program are:

  • to build capacity within the industry and organisations and businesses within the sector;
  • to support new and sustainable partnerships in particular between organisations of State significance and practitioners;
  • to support audience access strategies for projects and practitioners.

 Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • the project/event is well planned and of high artistic quality and it has capacity to contribute to the overall stability and strength of the NSW screen industry;
    • the plans for the use of the funding and the amount of other funding;
    • track record of the applicant and partners;
    • the availability of funds.

Events and programs that support high-quality activity, engagement and participation with these Priority Areas are of particular importance:

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


In this current environment, Screen NSW is conscious that applicants may be concerned that they will not be able to deliver on the outcomes they have outlined in their funding application. Screen NSW would like to assure applicants that there will be flexibility around delivery dates and outcomes where projects have been affected by the spread of COVID-19. Screen NSW have processes in place that enable funded clients to vary their agreements.

If you require further information please call Amelia Creaw-Reid (02) 8289 6417 or email


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.

Completing the application

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Screen NSW is committed to gender equity and diversity. The collection of this data aims to provide a greater understanding of the NSW Screen sector and support future Screen NSW diversity initiatives. This method of collection is in accordance with the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender and NSW Privacy Laws. For the full Create NSW Privacy Notice please go here.

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