What is the Creative Learning Partnerships program?

The program provides support to Victorian schools to engage an individual creative professional, or a creative organisation for a residency project.

It provides students, teachers and creative professionals with diverse and challenging learning experiences that supports deep learning across the curriculum from Prep to Year 10, including VET and VCAL.

Residencies can be undertaken face to face or via virtual platforms, or a hybrid of both.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you’re a Victorian primary or secondary school, including government and non-government schools, and for students with special needs.

What does the program offer?

The Creative Learning Partnerships program will give your school the opportunity to engage a:

  • Victorian creative professional/s who will work on a project with our school for approximately 20 days ($10,000)
  • Victorian creative organisation that will work on a project with your school for at least 20 days ($35,000).

What kind of project can we do?

Your project can cover any art form or creative discipline, including digital games development, fashion, filmmaking, performing arts, literature, visual arts, media arts, music and design, to name a few.

Your school will receive funding to engage a creative professional or organisation to collaborate with you on designing a tailored project that suits the needs of your school, with your students, teachers and school community.

I’m a creative professional/artist, can I make an application?

Only schools can apply, however, once a school and creative have decided to work together, you can draft the application and budget tools together. The school Project Coordinator will need to register on the DJPR Grant Portal and open an account in the school’s name and then copy and paste the draft into the online form.

When can our project start?

Projects must start in or after Term 2. Our experience has taught us that Term 1 is fairly hectic with student orientation, planning and establishing school routines. Starting in or after Term 2 gives your project team more time to get organised.

Do I have to start my project in Term 2? Can it run over more than one term?

You can apply to run your CLP for any timeline that suits your school and your creative partner. The only rules are that you can’t start before Term 2 and your project should be approximately 20 days.

My school did a Creative Learning Partnerships project last year. Can we re-apply in this current round?

To make sure as many schools as possible have access to this opportunity, if you received Creative Learning Partnerships funding between 2021-2023 your school won’t be eligible to re-apply for the 2024 round. Your school can re-apply after the end of the three-year period.

Can a creative professional/artist who has participated in a Creative Learning Partnerships project in the past three years be a partner with a different school this round?


How much should we budget for the creative professional’s salary?

The primary purpose of the grant is to engage your creative partner/s, so your budget should prioritise their fees. Ask your chosen partner/s what their rates are and negotiate a budget that everyone is comfortable with. Ideally you should factor in superannuation if you’ll be working with an individual.

Don’t forget that creatives are professionals, bringing specialised skills and knowledge into your school.