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    The Regional Partnerships program provides Victorian regional communities access to a wide variety of quality arts experiences through supporting Victoria's network of regional art galleries and performing arts centres.

    The Regional Partnerships program is by invitation only.

    Applications to Regional Partnerships programming and operations funding have now closed.

    Program Overview

    The Regional Partnerships program provides Victorian regional communities access to a wide variety of quality arts experiences through supporting Victoria's network of regional art galleries and performing arts centres.

    Funding contributes to the professional programming and operations of art galleries and performing arts centres. It is an investment by the State Government in the delivery of the cultural programs of these facilities and supports the substantial investment made by many councils in the sector.

    Program Aims

    The program aims to:

    1. Ensure that people living in regional areas have access to high quality arts and cultural facilities and their programs.
    2. Strengthen employment and tourism opportunities in regional Victoria.
    3. Contribute to the ability of regional cultural facilities to leverage investment and generate income.
    4. Encourage professional management at industry standards in regional arts facilities.
    5. Enhance liveability and increase social connection in regional centres and surrounding districts.

    The Regional Partnerships program acknowledges the differences in resources and capacity of facilities in regional Victoria  and prioritises funding to promote equitable access to arts and cultural facilities and their programs across regional Victoria.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Regional* art galleries and performing arts centres that are Local Government Authority owned and managed or are Not for Profit organisations, including:

    Performing arts centres,which:

    • have facilities primarily designed for performing arts;
    • are managed and programmed by suitably experienced professionals;
    • present a quality professional performing arts program; and
    • receive a significant ongoing funding commitment from local council.

    Art galleries, which:

    • have facilities primarily designed to show visual arts;
    • are managed and programmed by suitably experienced professionals;
    • present and/or develop a quality professional exhibitions program;
    • house and care for visual arts collection (according to facility infrastructure and capacity); and
    • receive a significant ongoing funding commitment from local council.

    Arts centres, which include both a performing arts centre and an art gallery in a single facility, that meet all the above criteria.

    Application to the Program

    Application to the program is by invitation only.

    Every three years Creative Victoria may invite new applicants to apply to the program based on their ability to meet the eligibility criteria and evidence of a track record of at least three years professional programming within the facility. Invitation to the program can be sought by contacting program  staff to discuss suitability for the program.

    Application Process

    Application documents must be uploaded through Creative Victoria's Grants Portal, which will open from   Thursday 24 March until 5pm Wednesday 6 April 2016.  

    All the information you need to start drafting an application to the Regional Partnerships program is available now.

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

    To prepare an application, you must:

    1. Read the guidelines
    2. Contact program staff to discuss your application, if required
    3. Draft your application using the tools on this page
    4. Ensure you are registered with the Creative Victoria Grants Portal Creative Victoria Grants Portal
    5. Copy and paste the content of your application from your drafting template to the online Grants Portal
    6. Upload supporting documents
    7. Submit your completed application before 5pm Wednesday 6 April 2016

    Support documentation you must upload with your application:

    1. Completed 2016-17 Program Summary form (template)
    2. Complete Regional Partnerships Budget 2016-17 form (template)
    3. A letter from Council Chief Executive Officer outlining Council's ongoing commitment to the facility in 2016/17 - 2018/19, this must include:    
      • average annual expenditure (excluding capital works)
      • total staffing EFT
      • band/level of Performing Arts Centre Manager or Gallery Director
    4. A copy of your operational / strategic / business plan covering 2016-17 as submitted to Council.
    5. A copy of your marketing / audience development plan / strategy covering 2016-17. (if you have no current plan, you will be required to develop a plan prior to 2017-18.)

    Assessment Criteria

    Facilities will be assessed against the following criteria, drawing on information in application documents and previously submitted documentation to Creative Victoria through the Regional Partnerships program.

    1. Quality, diversity and relevance of the professional arts program and public programs for a range of target audiences
    2. Contribution to a sustainable and vibrant regional creative and cultural industry
    3. Financial stability of facility and/or local Council financial commitment to facility
    4. Evidence of commitment to the professionalism, good management  and governance of the facility
    5. Evidence of local community and audience engagement with the facility

    Assessment Process

    An Advisory Panel comprising external peers and Creative Victoria staff will assess applications against the program aims and assessment criteria. The process will take into account facility groupings and characteristics. Creative Victoria staff will then recommend facilities and funding levels to the  Minister for Creative Industries who will make the final approval.

    Downloads

    Guidance and drafting tools

    Templates

    Checklist

    Program Contact

    For further information please contact Rohini Sharma, Regional Development, rohini.sharma@ecodev.vic.gov.au, 8683 3157


    *Rural and regional Victoria is defined as the 48 local government areas including six alpine resort areas set out in Schedule 2 of the Regional Development Victoria Act 2002.