The coronavirus pandemic is a health crisis, however for many Victorians, including in the creative industries, it’s an economic crisis as well.
All levels of government have responded with a range of economic support packages and initiatives to help Victorians who are facing financial stress. This includes dedicated programs to support the creative industries as well as broader measures that may assist creative businesses, organisations and individuals.
The Business Victoria hotline (13 22 15) has been set up to support businesses, including not-for-profits and sole traders, to navigate and access the Federal and Victorian Government business support programs.
For current Creative Victoria funding opportunities, visit the grants and support section of our website.
Cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support for Victorian businesses that have been most affected by coronavirus restrictions.
View the Business Resilience Package.
A program to help workers who have lost their jobs due to coronavirus find new short term or casual opportunities. Job seekers can register, create a profile and be matched with jobs suited to their skills and experience.
View Working for Victoria.
One-off cash payments available to Victorian workers, including parents and guardians, who are required to self-isolate while they wait for the results of a coronavirus test or because they have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to self-isolate or quarantine at home.
For anyone in mandatory self-isolation unable to access food or essential supplies, emergency relief packages are available and can be accessed by calling Victoria’s dedicated coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
The hotline can also refer you to other support services if needed.
JobSeeker Payment – fortnightly income support payments through Centrelink, including a coronavirus supplement.
JobKeeper Payment – a wage subsidy program to help coronavirus impacted businesses (including not-for-profits) cover the cost of their employees’ wages. The Business Victoria hotline (13 22 15) is available to provide advice on how to register.
The Australia Council for the Arts offers a range of funding and other opportunities for the arts sector.
https://www.arts.gov.au/covid-19-update a range of grants, loans and initiatives to support artists and organisations.
Location Incentive Program for film and television – offset measures to attract international film and television productions to Australia. The program will be extended until 2026–27.
Many Victorian councils have responded to the impacts of coronavirus by offering a range of support to local businesses, from mentoring to rent and fee relief to grants.
Find your council to see what support they may have on offer.
Other creative grants
Support Act Crisis Relief Grants for music industry professionals impacted by COVID-19
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If you have a grant, commission, award, residency or other opportunity to promote to Victoria’s creative sector, please get in touch.