A person at work bench with his back to us in a workshop mixing paints

Damon Kowarsky and Kyoko Imazu. Along the River (2013). Photo: Kyoko Imazu

  • arts & culture
  • music
  • screen
  • games
  • design

    The Creators Fund paves the way for independent creatives to take their practice and their careers to the next level by providing them with one of the most important and scarce resources - time.

    Open to individual creative practitioners and collectives across all disciplines, and at all career stages, the program supports artists and creatives to undertake a sustained period of intensive development, research and/or experimentation.

    Download the NEW* 2019/20 Guidelines below.

    *Please note: there have been some changes to the guidelines for the 2019/20 round of Creators Fund. Ensure you read the current version of the 2019/20 guidelines. The changes are regarding support material and confirmations.

    Funding available

    Applications will be accepted for requests between $20,000 and $50,000 for a funded period between 3 months and 6 months of activity.

    The Creators Fund provides support for creative practitioners to undertake:

    • Intensive creative research of new ideas and practice based experimentation.
    • Creative development activity pertaining to their creative practice, the development of significant new works and career advancement.

    Applications can be for solo activity or activity undertaken by small creative collectives.

    Who can apply

    The Creators Fund accepts applications from individuals and collectives. Applications are encouraged from a wide range of creative disciplines from across the sector, including but not limited to screen, fashion, design, game design, visual arts, literature, dance, circus, cabaret, music, theatre, multidisciplinary and experimental work.

    The primary focus of the proposal must include Victorian-based individual professional creative practitioners (emerging to established) and/or Victorian-based professional collectives AND a creative idea or activity.

    Groups of individuals who join together as a collective must be legally constituted or nominate either an individual or an auspicing body to apply, and to take legal and financial responsibility for the grant should one be awarded.

    Applicants working in game design are encouraged to read The Creators Fund and the Games Industry FAQ.

    Key dates

    Round opens: 1 August 2019 via the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
    Round closes: 5pm, 29 August 2019

    For activities commencing from 1 January 2020.  The period of sustained activity must occur within one year of the funding being confirmed.

    * For the Creators Fund funding round, applicants must choose between applying to either the Creators Fund or VicArts Grants.

    Who to talk to

    ArtformContact Person
    TheatreAarti Desai: 8683 3163 or at aarti.desai@creative.vic.gov.au

    Fiona Beckwith: 8683 3137 or at fiona.beckwith@creative.vic.gov.au

    Physical Performance

    Masha Wijesiriwardana: 8683 3133 or at masha.wijesiriwardana@creative.vic.gov.au

    Kaushali Seneviratne: 8683 3106 or at kaushali.seneviratne@creative.vic.gov.au

    Visual Arts

    Chloe Turner: 8683 3179 or at chloe.turner@creative.vic.gov.au
    Chloe Turner: 8683 3179 or at chloe.turner@creative.vic.gov.au
    Screen and DesignSophine Chai:  8683 3164 or at sophine.chai@creative.vic.gov.au

    Links and downloads

    New 2019/20 Creators Fund Guidelines (for Windows users) DOC, 215.5 KB
    New 2019/20 Creators Fund Guidelines (for Mac users)    PDF, 236.2 KB

    Creators Fund Application drafting tool DOC, 70.5 KB
    Creative Victoria Budget drafting tool XLS, 103.5 KB
    Creators Fund Games FAQ DOCX, 107.6 KB
    Information for all applicants
    Creative Victoria Grants Portal
    Creators Fund Peer Assessors list DOCX, 14.5 KB
    2019 Creators
    2018 Creators