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Tips and Resources

How to make a strong application

Regardless of the type of activity being proposed, the art form or the scale, there are some common features that will make a funding application competitive. These include:

  • The proposal clearly outlines what is proposed, why it needs to happen, how it will be achieved, who is centrally involved and where it will take place.
  • The lead artists involved in the project have professional experience suited to the type of activity proposed and a demonstrated level of skill relative to the project’s aims and complexity.
  • Terms of engagement for collaborators and partners are explained including their roles, responsibilities and contributions to project outcomes.
  • Proof of support is evident for projects that involve ventures into communities, off-shore activity or expansion into new regions. This could take the form of contractual arrangements, cost share or other evidence of viability.
  • The project’s outcomes will provide career advancement opportunities for Victorian artists.
  • The project’s outcomes will contribute to promoting Victoria's artistic strengths locally, nationally or internationally.
  • The budget is realistic and viable and includes funding sources beyond the Arts Victoria grant (Arts Victoria funding will not cover the entire cost of a project, the budget should reflect this).

Ten Tips for all grant applicants

  1. Check this website. Everything you need to put together an application is here.
  2. Read the program guidelines thoroughly. They are key in determining whether your project fits.
  3. Speak to program staff about your application. Best to call well in advance of the closing date.
  4. Funding is competitive. Make sure you're eligible and that your application meets the guidelines and addresses all the assessment criteria.
  5. Budgets matter. Demonstrate that your project is viable and a good use of the grant money. Be realistic.
  6. Write in clear, plain English. Avoid the use of jargon, and don’t assume prior knowledge of who you are and what you do.
  7. Preparation matters. Invest time planning, reviewing and getting support for your project before submitting your application.
  8. Make your case. Use the application to prove your proposed project is viable, artistically exciting and worth the Government’s support. The onus is on you to make a compelling case.
  9. Make your artistic support material count. Choose material that is relevant to your application and best supports your proposal.
  10. Final check. Before submitting, get someone else to look over your application and budget.

For further useful information about general eligibility, applying for funding, tax, your legal responsibilities and more visit the Information for all Applicants section.