NSW Government invites arts and cultural organisations to become Creative Kids program providers
The NSW Government has launched a new initiative to help increase the participation of school-aged children with creative and cultural activities.
If your organisation offers creative and cultural activities to school-aged children, apply now via Service NSW to become a Creative Kids provider.
From 1 January 2019, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a $100 voucher for each school-enrolled child for each calendar year as part of the four year program.
The voucher may be used with an approved activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for performing arts, visual arts, coding, languages, literary, music and other eligible creative and cultural activities.
Eligible organisations include:
- art galleries
- music and drama groups
- language schools
- private tutors and businesses offering creative and cultural programs
- for-profit or not-for-profit activity providers located in NSW.
NSW public, private and Catholic schools are ineligible providers.
Eligible activities are those that are provided as part of a structured program where there are clear skill development outcomes. Providers should demonstrate learning outcomes by providing the objectives and what the student will have achieved by completing the program.
Eligible types of activities are:
- Tutoring on a specific skill delivered in person or ‘virtually’ over 4 weeks or more. ‘Virtually’ includes tuition delivered by technology, such as Skype, with live interaction between the student and tutor/teacher.
- Time-bound set of lessons/activities to learn a skill, based on the following timeframes:
- 4 weeks or more weekly classes, minimum of 30 minutes per week
- weekend course, minimum of 2 days for 5 hours per day or total number of 8 hours or more
- 1 week, minimum of 4 days within a 7-day period for 3 hours per day
- 1 day, minimum of 5 hours.
- Cultural experience and master class such as a concert or performance followed by:
- structured workshop for 1 to 4 hours, or
- question time with a high-profile artist or performer, relating to skills and art form development.
All activities are to be delivered outside of the school curriculum.
Ineligible activities are:
- skill-based classes or activities that are only run for half a day (less than 4 hours)
- one-off tutoring sessions
- mobile app subscriptions
- after-school care services where no structured program on a consistent topic is run
- membership that is not part of a structured program
- school incursions
- activities that are part of the school curriculum
- school-run competitions, concerts, drama programs, including weekend activities or inter-school competitions or activities.
Ineligible costs are:
- individual items such as clothing, uniforms, instruments, creative supplies (paints, books, canvas) or other equipment that would usually be purchased from a retailer and paid for by the individual as part of participating in the activity. Note: packages where these items are included within the course are eligible.
- examination fees for qualifications and assessment
- travel costs to and from activities, competitions or concerts (except where this is part of the overall package).
For more information and to apply to become a Creative Kids provider online here: service.nsw.gov.au/creativekids, or call 13 77 88, or find your local Service Centre here: service.nsw.gov.au/service-centre.