The Creators Fund program invites you to concentrate on initial exploratory stages and research of new ideas and concepts. This could include testing, deep research, development or experimentation. The program does not require full concept realisation, presentation or audience engagement – it is primarily for the initial stages of a creative pursuit.

Funding available

If you’re successful with your application, the Fund will provide you with financial support for up to six months for activities including:

  • Intensive creative research and development of new ideas/concepts
  • Practice-based experimentation.

Your application can be for a solo activity or one undertaken by small creative groups, collective or collaborations.

We accept applications for requests between $20,000 and $50,000.

You’ll be expected to dedicate most of your working time on the funded activity during the six-month period. If you have additional professional commitments during this time, please outline these in your application.

Access costs

  • We encourage you to include costs in your project budgets that will make your activities accessible to a Deaf and Disabled audience (e.g. Auslan, captioning, audio description and materials in other formats
  • If you’re applying through the Deaf and Disabled creatives stream, you can apply for an additional amount of up to $5000 on top of your general project costs to cover specific access expenses that will help reduce barriers for Deaf and Disabled artists/industry workers involved in the project. These additional access costs may only be allocated towards access initiatives and can’t be repurposed to cover general project costs.

Who can apply?

We accept applications from individuals and groups/collectives that meet our general eligibility and the program specific eligibility criteria.

The primary focus of your 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 as a collective must be legally constituted or nominate either an individual or alternatively an auspicing body to apply and take legal and financial responsibility for the grant should one be awarded.

We encourage applications from across creative industries, including but not limited to:

  • Cabaret
  • Circus
  • Contemporary dance
  • Design
  • Digital games
  • Fashion
  • Literature
  • Multidisciplinary and experimental work
  • Music
  • Physical performance
  • Screen
  • Sound art
  • Theatre
  • Visual arts/craft.

This program will encourage and prioritise support for applications from:

  • First Peoples creatives
  • Deaf and Disabled creatives
  • culturally and linguistically diverse creatives
  • under-represented cohorts (such as LGBTIQ+ creatives)
  • regionally based creatives.

This program has three streams:

  • First Peoples creatives stream
    Applications led by Victorian First Peoples creatives will be assessed in alignment with Aboriginal self-determination by a First Peoples assessment panel
  • Deaf and Disabled creatives stream
    Applications led by Victorian Deaf and Disabled creatives can choose to be assessed by a panel of creative industries peers with lived experience of deafness and disability, or by specific creative industries peers depending on the creative discipline chosen
  • General stream
    Applications will be assessed by specific creative industries peers depending on the creative discipline chosen.

Please determine which stream you’ll be applying for.

How can I apply?

Applications for this program are currently closed.

It is anticipated that this program will open for applications in early 2023.

When the round is open, applications are made via a unique link the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) Grants Portal.

Find general information on using the grants portal, including how to register and FAQ about the Portal.

Who can I talk to?

Guidelines and tools

After you apply

Once you submit your application on the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions Portal you’ll receive an email acknowledgement.

Our Grants team will then check that your application meets all the eligibility criteria, and we’ll assess it against the published aims and criteria.

You’ll be notified by email of the outcome approximately 12 weeks after the published closing date.

See Information for applicants

Successful applications

If your funding application is successful, you’ll receive a funding agreement outlining the conditions for funding, payment information and reporting requirements.

See Information for current recipients

Notification of funding outcomes

There’s high a level of demand for Creative Victoria funding, so we recommend that you plan for contingencies if your application is unsuccessful (e.g., other funding sources). Please don’t make commitments based on the assumption that you’ll receive funding until you’ve received written confirmation of your final funding outcome.

Funding recommendations are subject to approval by the Minister for Creative Industries. Feedback on your application is provided at Creative Victoria’s discretion and may not be available when you receive notification of your funding outcome.

Payment of grants

Program funding payments are conditional on you meeting your obligations under your Funding Agreement with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, including fulfilling any payment milestone outcomes or deliverables set out in the Funding Agreement.