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    Creative Suburbs invests in opportunities for Melbourne's outer metropolitan communities to engage with, and participate in, high quality arts and creative experiences.

    The Creative Suburbs program is available to local government authorities in outer metropolitan Melbourne only.

    Applications will be accepted online using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal, from Wednesday 21 September 2016 until 5pm, Thursday 20 October 2016. For activity commencing from 1 January 2017

    Eligibility

    Creative Suburbs accepts applications from local government authorities in outer metropolitan Melbourne.

    Eligible applicants are:

    Brimbank City Council, Cardinia Shire Council, City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong, Frankston City Council, Hume City Council, Kingston City Council, Knox City Council, Manningham City Council, Maroondah City Council,  Melton City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, City of Whittlesea, Wyndham City Council and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.

    Program Overview

    Creative Suburbs invests in opportunities for Melbourne's outer metropolitan communities to engage with, and participate in, high quality arts and creative experiences.

    The program is available to 16 targeted outer metropolitan local governments, to deliver new projects and programs which extend their existing arts and creative activity. These partnerships with local governments will increase local capacity for arts and cultural engagement, enhance liveability, and build the value of arts and culture in outer metropolitan community life.

    This program is an initiative of the Victorian Government's creative industries strategy, Creative State, and aims to increase participation and access and engage more Victorians in cultural and creative endeavour.

    Aims of the Program

    Creative Suburbs aims to increase the value and relevance of, and demand for, high quality arts and cultural experiences in outer metropolitan Melbourne.

    The program responds to issues that communities living in outer metropolitan Melbourne currently face including high and rapid population growth, high socio-economic disadvantage, low levels of engagement with arts and culture and varied resourcing for arts and cultural programs at a local government level.

    It does this by supporting projects that:

    • Increase participation in, and access to, high quality arts and culture in outer metropolitan communities.
    • Support the development of partnerships between local government authorities (LGAs), arts organisations / creative practitioners and community organisations.
    • Increase opportunities for the professional development of local artists and creative practitioners.
    • Support capacity building within LGAs to develop and deliver high quality arts and cultural activity.
    • Leverage additional investment in arts and culture.
    • Increase liveability in outer metropolitan communities.

    Program Priorities

    Creative Suburbs prioritises support for projects which:

    • engage communities experiencing socio-economic disadvantage,
    • engage communities living in Melbourne's growth corridors,
    • reflect the diverse communities in outer metropolitan Melbourne and/or
    • can demonstrate new local government support for arts and cultural activity.

    Funding

    Funding is available in two streams based on the timing of the project and its stage of development. Applicants will be expected to provide a level of detail in their written application, support material and budget (including levels of co-funding / financial contribution) appropriate to the funding stream.

    Applicants must speak to program staff prior to submitting an application.

    Stream 1: Projects ready to deliver, taking place between 1 January 2017  and 31 December 2017, within one year. Level of funding $20,000 - $70,000.

    (Your application and budget will require full details of the proposed project.)

    Stream 2: Projects to be  developed with Creative Victoria support, taking place between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2018, within two years. Level of funding $70,000 and above.

    (Your application and budget will require information about your project concept and its suggested delivery. If your application is successful you will work with Creative Victoria to develop a full project plan.)

    How to Apply

    We encourage you to draft your application using the available drafting tools in advance of submitting your application online.

    Applications will be accepted online using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal, from Wednesday 21 September 2016 until 5pm, Thursday 20 October 2016

    Please note it will take approximately 8 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available.

    Assessment Criteria

    Each application will be competitively assessed by the Advisory Panel and rated against the Creative Suburbs program Aims, the following four equally weighted Assessment Criteria and the extent to which the proposed project/program meets Program Priorities.

    Assessment Criteria:

    • artistic merit,
    • community need and capacity building,
    • audience and/or community engagement and
    • viability.

    Contact

    To find out more or to discuss your application, please contact Rohini Sharma, 8683 3157, rohini.sharma@ecodev.vic.gov.au or Tania Grant, 8683 3117, tania.grant@ecodev.vic.gov.au

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