Applying for Funding
What does the Organisations Investment Program support?
The Organisations Investment Program offers funding to not for profit organisations to underpin the operating, management and programming costs associated with delivering professional arts, heritage and cultural programs or sector development services.
Government funding under this program aims to provide a stable base from which organisations can plan, create and present work, take risks, leverage support from other sources, generate income and deliver benefits to the arts and cultural sector and the Victorian communities.
How has the program changed since the last round?
- A three year funding cycle has been replaced with a longer four year cycle (2017 – 2020),
- The program's application process has been simplified. The previous investment framework is no longer required as part of the application and the new application requirements are similar to the Australia Council application for Four Year Funding for Organisations.
- The Program has been streamlined and no longer has separate Established, Developing and Lead categories. There will be an open funding round every four years for all organisations.
- The minimum funding threshold has been raised from $40,000 to $60,000 per annum.
Why has a four year funding cycle been determined?
The increase in the funding period from three to four years has been determined in consultation with the sector. It recognises that the independent organisations sector will benefit from more funding certainty. The new four year cycle also aligns with the Australia Council's Four Year Funding for Organisations (2017-2020) and is a step towards closer alignment and standardisation of aspects of applications and reporting processes for multiyear funded organisations.
How will funding decisions be made?
There are four stages to the funding assessment process:
- Creative Victoria staff check all applications are eligible.
- Specialist Advisory Panels made up of peers from art form, cultural and community sectors evaluate applications against the program's assessment criteria and prioritise organisations for funding.
- A moderation process, involving Panel Chairs and senior Creative Victoria staff review each panel's priorities and finalise the funding recommendations. This is to ensure they are balanced overall, fit within the program budget and reflect the outcomes sought by the program as detailed in the program guidelines.
- Creative Victoria makes funding recommendations to the Minister for Creative Industries.
Who will be assessing my application?
The members of the Advisory Panels will be drawn from Creative Victoria's Panel Register. The register includes a diverse range of individuals from the arts and cultural sector and the wider community with relevant expertise, experience and skills and knowledge.
Is the OIP Assessment Framework part of the application process?
No, the Assessment Framework is not part of application requirements. The Assessment Framework will be part of the reporting requirements for organisations that are offered funding for the 2017-2020 cycle. It will continue to be part of the reporting requirements for organisations that are currently funded through the program.
What types of organisations are eligible to apply?
The program supports professional arts and cultural organisations. Typically this may include presenting, producing and industry service organisations that contribute to the strength and diversity of Victoria's arts, cultural and heritage sectors.
Organisations must be not-for-profit, non-government and be legally constituted, such as Incorporated Associations and Companies Limited by Guarantee.
Creative Victoria funding recipients who have any outstanding commitments or overdue reports or who have not satisfactorily acquitted prior funding from Creative Victoria (and formerly Arts Victoria) will not be eligible to apply.
What types of organisations and activities are not supported through this Program?
- The delivery of competitions, prizes, awards, fundraising activities or award exhibitions
- Screen culture activities, including narrative and non-narrative film/video making, film script development and animation (refer to Film Victoria)
- Academic and tertiary training institutions and or entities controlled or owned by tertiary institutions, or work that will be used for the purposes of academic assessment
- Local government authorities or business entities or units of local government
- The focus of this program is on professional arts, cultural or heritage organisations, therefore amateur organisations, including community bands or orchestras, craft guilds or amateur theatre or dance groups are not eligible to apply.
My organisation has never had a grant from Creative Victoria before. Can we apply?
Yes. Applications are welcome from all organisations that meet the program's eligibility criteria. You will need to demonstrate a track record of program delivery, good governance and organisational integrity as well as interest and strong potential for development.
If you have not previously received a Creative Victoria grant, we strongly encourage you to attend an OIP Information Session to learn more about the program.
My organisation received Developing Organisations funding through the last round. Can we apply to this round?
Yes. The former program categories do not apply in the program going forward. There will be an open funding round every four years for all organisations.
My organisation is not currently legally constituted. Can we apply?
No, your organisation must have operated as a legally constituted entity for a minimum of 2 years as at 1 December 2015.
To be legally constituted, your organisation will need to be a public entity (a company structure or an incorporated association) registered with either Consumer Affairs Victoria or the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and/or the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC).
Can we apply to the program under the auspice of another legally constituted organisation?
No, the program provides operational support to independently constituted arts and cultural organisations only. You may be eligible to apply for project support through a number of other Creative Victoria funding programs under the auspice of another organisation. View details of all Creative Victoria funding programs.
My arts and cultural program is embedded within a larger organisation that is not an arts and cultural organisation. Can we still apply?
No, if you operate as a business unit of a larger organisation you will not be eligible to apply for funding through this program. The program offers funding to independent, legally constituted organisations that have an arts and cultural activity as their primary purpose.
We are a 'for profit' organisation. Can we apply?
No, your organisation will need to be a 'not-for-profit' organisation.
Typically, not-for-profit organisations are incorporated associations, co-operative societies or companies limited by guarantee.
We are a local, state or federal government authority. Can we apply?
No, this program does not support the operations of other tiers of government.
My organisation is not based in Victoria. Are we eligible to apply?
No, this program is for Victorian-based arts and cultural organisations with a track record of delivery in this State.
If my organisation receives funding under this program, will we be able to apply to the VicArts Grant program for project funding?
Organisations receiving funding under this program are not eligible to apply to the VicArts Grant program for additional funding.
If my organisation receives Organisations Investment Program funding will I be able to apply to any other Creative Victoria funding programs?
Yes, organisations are eligible to apply to the Touring Victoria program and the Marketing and Innovation Fund. Other strategic opportunities, such as international engagement funding may be available from time to time.
Visit the funding section of this site for up to date Information about all existing or new funding opportunities for organisations.
Applying for Funding
How can I apply to the program?
You will need to complete an online application by 12 April 2016 through the Creative Victoria online application portal. The portal will open on Tuesday 15 March 2016 and close Tuesday 12 April 2016 at 5pm. A link to the portal will be available on the Creative Victoria website as soon as applications open.
The online application form will ask you to provide information about your organisation's purpose and background, financial health and upload some key supporting documents. These documents include an operational or strategic business plan, audited financial accounts (new applicants only), and artistic or industry services support material.
An application drafting tool is provided so you can start planning and drafting your application prior to the online application portal.
How much can I apply for?
The amount of funding you request needs to be commensurate with the size of your organisation, its level of activity and its stage of life cycle. We have prepared a value range guide to give you an indication of appropriate and realistic funding levels. For example, an organisation in the early stage of development with a smaller scale of activity and reach would be likely to request support in the value range of $60,000 to $125,000 per annum. Whereas an organisation with a significant track record of delivery and achievement within the portfolio of funded organisations might request funding from a mid or higher range.
Can I ask for a significant increase on my organisation's previous funding level?
For previously funded organisations , a request for a substantial increase on the 2014-2016 funding will need a strong justification in your application. To build financial resilience, it is expected that organisations will leverage any increase in Creative Victoria funding with other sources of income.
Can we apply for different amounts of funding over four years?
Your annual funding request should be the same amount for each year of the four years. If your programming requires that you spend more money in some years than others, for example if you present a biennial event, funding can be carried forward by the organisation to cover additional costs in those years.
When I apply for funding, will I be required to submit a strategic business plan using a particular template?
While not mandatory, we recommend referring to the Australia Council's Strategic Plan Framework, A guide for arts organisations. Many organisations use this as a planning guide and find it helpful. The document is available from the Australia Council website (direct PDF link).
What if my organisation does not have a strategic business plan?
Applicants are generally expected to have a well-developed strategic or business plan for three or more years. For some first time applicant organisations in the early stage of development, an operational plan will be accepted. If you are a first time applicant in this situation, please contact Creative Victoria staff for guidance and refer to Creative Victoria's Operational Plan Guide.
What period should our strategic business plan cover?
Strategic business plans that cover three, four or more years will be accepted. Some organisations will have prepared a strategic plan for an application to the Australia Council's Four Year Funding, and these plans will also be accepted.
What are the next steps if my organisation is offered funding?
If you have accepted a funding offer, Creative Victoria staff will meet with your organisation to discuss your funding agreement and reporting framework. A signed funding agreement and confirmation of business and financial plans for 2017 will need to be submitted by late November 2016.
As this is Government funding, a degree of reporting is required to ensure that the funds are being spent as intended. If your organisation has previously received support, the reporting processes for the 2014-2016 program provide an indication of the level of reporting that is required. As a minimum, recipients are required to submit a business and financial plan, audited accounts, report on performance targets, proved statistical data via an online checklist system and evaluation reports on an annual basis.
If OIP funding is not for my organisation, what are sources of available funding at Creative Victoria?
The Organisations Investment Program is one of a number of funding programs offered by Creative Victoria. It may be more appropriate for your organisation to consider a different funding program, such as VicArts Grants that offers a range of flexible project based funding support for artists and groups. Find out more about Creative Victoria funding programs.