Peter Waples-Crowe, Ngarigo Queen – Cloak of queer visibility 2018, performance, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2018. Commissioned by ACCA as part of the Yalingwa initative. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Jacqui Shelton

Peter Waples-Crowe, Ngarigo Queen – Cloak of Queer Visibility 2018, performance, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Commissioned by ACCA as part of the Yalingwa initative. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Jacqui Shelton

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    The First Peoples Investment Program (Pilot) provides opportunities for First Peoples individuals, groups and organisations to develop their professional and creative practice and increase career pathways into the creative industries.

    The program is for emerging through to established creative practitioners and people working in the arts and creative industries, as well as individuals who do not formally identify as creative practitioners. First Peoples organisations in Victoria are also encouraged to apply for creative and cultural support activities.

    First-time applicants are able to be supported through the whole project process from the application through to the final reporting on how the funds were spent (acquittal report). This support may be through a community-based or sector-based mentor (paid for by Creative Victoria) and can be organised with Creative Victoria staff.

    The First Peoples Investment Program (Pilot) Guidelines can be downloaded here.

    Funding available

    Funding is available in three different streams:

    • Stream 1: Connect to Country
    • Stream 2: Develop your skills
    • Stream 3: Create something new

    Stream 1: Connect to Country and Stream 2: Develop your skills

    • $1,000 to $5,000 for individuals (ie. one creative practitioner per project)
    • $1,000 to $10,000 for groups and organisations

    Stream 3: Create something new

    • $1,000 to $20,000

    Who can apply

    Stream 1: Connect to Country and Stream 2: Develop your skills

    • First Peoples of Australia who are living in Victoria
    • First Peoples organisations based and operating in Victoria
    • These streams are open to creative practitioners at all career stages


    Stream 3: Create something new

    • First Peoples of Australia who are living in Victoria who have not received funding through Creative Victoria before
    • First Peoples organisations based and operating in Victoria for projects that directly benefit practitioners who have not received funding from Creative Victoria
    • This stream is open to new and emerging creative practitioners


    NB: In 2019 individuals and groups will only be able to receive one grant per stream.  Organisations may apply on behalf of multiple applicants.

    Key dates

    Round opens:   ongoing using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
    Round closes:  5pm, 31 December 2019 or until funding has been exhausted

    The program is currently open on an ongoing basis, with no closing dates, and applicants can apply anytime up to 31 December 2019 or until the funding pool is exhausted. The program will run as a pilot in 2019 laying the foundation for future Creative Victoria programs to support First Peoples projects and activities.

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within 6 weeks of applying.

    Who to talk to

    For more information contact Eliza Mango, a Taungurung woman and the Senior Officer for the First Peoples programs at Creative Victoria. Eliza can be reached on 03 8683 3128 or FirstPeoples@creative.vic.gov.au

    Links and downloads

    First Peoples Investment Program (Pilot) Guidelines DOC, 467.5 KB
    First Peoples Investment Program (Pilot) Application Drafting Tool DOC, 89.0 KB
    FAQs DOCX, 27.2 KB
    Sample Budget Guide document XLS, 71.0 KB
    Creative Victoria Budget Drafting Tool XLS, 103.5 KB
    Information for all applicants
    Creative Victoria Grants Portal