The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria's independent artists and arts companies. It provides one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria's arts sector.
For full details of the VicArts Grants program, please read through all sections below or download the VicArts Grants overview and guidelines document (DOC, 216.0 KB).
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The VicArts program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to delivery that will build on Victoria's position as a leader in Australia's arts sector.
Applications close at 5pm, Wednesday 17 August, for activities commencing after 1 December 2016.
Please note: it takes approximately 12 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available.
Applications for the August 2016 round of VicArts Grants can be submitted online from Thursday 28th July in the Creative Victoria grants portal
To prepare your application, you should:
- Register for access to the Creative Victoria Grants Portal.
- Read program information and guidelines thoroughly.
- Contact program staff with any questions.
- Draft your application using the following tools:
- Copy and paste the content of your application from your draft template to the online Creative Victoria Grants Portal (please note: the system will cut text off at 2,000 characters, so always check your character count before pasting information into the portal). The portal opens on Thursday 28 July 2016.
- Upload your Application Support Documents and Artistic Support Material documents/files/links
- Submit your completed application by 5pm, Wednesday 17 August 2016 via the Creative Victoria Grants Portal.
We encourage you to use the application drafting tools before submitting your application online in the Creative Victoria Grants Portal.
Each application will be competitively assessed and rated against the VicArts Grants program aims and the equally weighted assessment criteria.
Download Full Details:
- VicArts Grants overview and guidelines document (DOC, 216.0 KB)
- Artistic Merit
- Artist and Sector Development
- Audience and/or Community Engagement
Advisory Panels, comprising artists, arts professionals and community representatives assess and rank each application against the program aims and assessment criteria. Each application will be assessed by one of the following panels: Visual Arts, Dance/Physical Performance, Theatre, Literature, Music, or Cross-Artform/Multi-Artform as nominated by the applicant (see the Artform Panel Guide in the VicArts Grants overview and guidelines document (DOC, 216.0 KB)).
Creative Victoria staff and an appointed Chair will attend all the Panel meetings. Creative Victoria staff then bring together all the panel assessments and rankings to develop a final list of applications for recommendation to the Minister for Creative Industries who will make the final approval.
This second phase of the assessment process ensures that a balance of art form, types of activity, geographic and community diversity is reflected in the recommended projects.
As a recipient of Creative Victoria funding, you are required to:
- Notify Creative Victoria of any changes to your proposed project
- Publicly acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government using specific logos and text
- Acquit your grant by completing a written report on the outcomes of your funded project
Please note that conditions of funding will be detailed in a common funding agreement.
Notification of Changes
Once you have received funding you are required to keep Creative Victoria advised of any significant changes that may impact on the project. Changes to itineraries (dates, venues etc) and expenditure of approved funding can normally be accommodated as variations to a funding agreement. You should contact Creative Victoria program staff to discuss any likely changes, and if advised, please complete the Amendment to Funded Activity Form.
Logos and Text Acknowledgement
The Creative Victoria logo device must be included on all promotional materials produced by the grant recipient in relation to the funded activity.
These may include (but are not restricted to):
- Posters, fliers and brochures
- Information and education kits
- Programs and catalogues
The size and position of the logo should be commensurate with the level of funding provided by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria in relation to other supporters.
The Creative Victoria logo device is available in a variety of formats, please take note of the guidelines for its use.
The following text/verbal acknowledgement of Victorian Government should be used in any speeches, media releases, interviews and other circumstances where a logo may not be possible:
[This project is] supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria
When your funded activity is completed, you must provide Creative Victoria with an acquittal report within 30 days.
Failure to satisfactorily acquit funding will make you ineligible for future Creative Victoria funding and may result in action to recover the grant.
The acquittal report includes a financial reconciliation. For grants of $40,000 and over the acquittal report must include an opinion or certification by an independent auditor that verifies the financial reconciliation.
For further information go the the Acquittals page.
To find out more or discuss your application, please contact us and direct your enquiry to the most relevant member of the VicArts Grants team:
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