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    The Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places Pilot Program is an open, competitive grant round that focuses on projects to activate existing spaces or create new places for creatives in regional Victoria. This pilot program is not restricted to infrastructure projects and seeks to encourage projects that develop or enhances new or existing collaboration and creative opportunities.

    The pilot program is part of a broader initiative, Coworking Spaces and Creative Places, action 7 of the Victorian Government’s creative industries strategy, Creative State. Action 7 aims to strengthen the creative industries ecosystem, increase participation and access in cultural and creative endeavours and build on the professional and business capacity of individuals, organisations and collectives.

    Funding available

    Applications will be accepted for requests up to $75,000 for a funded period of no more than 1 year.

    Creative Victoria will not fund the entire project cost. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate contributions from other sources (e.g. generated fees/income, applicant cash contribution, sponsorship or other funding partners such as local government or philanthropic organisations) and/or in-kind contributions.

    Who can apply

    Projects must take place in one of the 48 regional Local Government Authority areas only (not including the 10 Interface local council areas), referred to in the regional area on Creative Victoria’s website.

    The program accepts applications from individuals, organisations and collectives, including partnerships with creatives, social enterprises, not-for-profit organisations, community organisations and regional local government authorities (also see General Eligibility).

    The project must involve or benefit Victorian-based creative practitioners, creative organisations or creative collectives.

    The program will not accept applications from:

    • State-owned cultural agencies and organisations (except where acting as an auspice body).
    • Applicants that have an overdue Creative Victoria (or former Arts Victoria) acquittal.
    • State government departments and agencies.

    Key dates

    EOI Process

    EOI Round Opens:   4 September 2019
    EOI Round Closes:   5pm, 9 October 2019

    Notification of EOI Outcome:  30 October 2019

    EOIs are to be submitted on the Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places Pilot Program EOI Application Form  PDF, 2.3 MB and sent by email to the contacts below.

    Formal Application Process

    Round (Invitation Only) Opens: 30 October 2019
    Round Closes:  5pm, 27 November 2019

    Formal Applications (invitation only) are to be submitted through the Creative Victoria Grants Portal.

    N.B:  This is a two-staged process; see the Application Process and Assessment section in the guidelines for more details.

    Who to talk to

    Links and downloads

    Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places Pilot Program Guidelines DOCX, 471.1 KB
    Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places Pilot Program EOI Application Form PDF, 2.3 MB
    Creative Victoria Budget drafting tool XLS, 103.5 KB
    Information for all applicants
    Creative Victoria Grants Portal