Two islands protrude from a bright blue sea, next to a vivid yellow beach. On the beach, a figure rests under an umbrella. The painting uses strong, expressive brushstrokes.

Credit: Greg Muir, Relaxing by the sea, under the umbrella, 2020.

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    Accelerating Change is a pilot grants program that provides grants to Deaf and Disabled creatives at all stages of their careers, while researching ways to make the grant application process accessible for Deaf and Disabled people.

    Delivered by Arts Access Victoria with support through the Victorian Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy, the Accelerate pilot will enable applicants to submit a written, video or audio application. Applicants or their access support workers can also book a phone or video consultation where the Arts Access Victoria team will work through the application form and record their responses live.

    In addition to grants, access funding is also available.

    This page provides an overview of the program. Full details, including program guidelines, information on how to apply, FAQs and a video introduction are available on the Arts Access Victoria website.


    Funding available

    The Accelerate grants program offers two grant streams:

    Accelerate: Nurture - $5,000 grants (plus $2,500 to support access costs) to support artists who want to continue or begin their professional career.

    Accelerate: Create - $15,000 (plus $5,000 to support access costs) grants to support the development or presentation of new work that is centred around access.


    Who can apply

    Accelerate funding is for;

    • Victorian based Deaf and Disabled artists (including and not limited to- visible and invisible disabilities, chronic illness, neurodiversity and lived experience of mental health issues)
    • 18 years and older
    • Individual artists or disability-led collectives (see FAQs)
    • Artists working in any artform
    • Artists who are not a core employee of Arts Access Victoria or Creative Victoria.

    Full eligibility details are available on the Arts Access Victoria website.


    Key dates

    Accelerate: Nurture

    There will be three rounds of Accelerate: Nurture

    • Round one: Applications open Tuesday 28 September and close Monday 25 October 2021
    • Round two: Applications open Tuesday 2 November close Monday 6 December 2021
    • Round three: Applications open 18 January and close Monday 7 February 2022

    Accelerate: Create

    There will be two rounds of Accelerate: Create

    • Round one: Applications open Tuesday 28 September and close Monday 25 October 2021
    • Round two: Applications open Tuesday 2 November close Monday 6 December 2021 For details on how to apply, visit the Arts Access Victoria website.

    Who to talk to

    Contacts and more information on this program are listed on the Arts Access Victoria website.


    Links and downloads

    Visit the Arts Access Victoria website for program guidelines, information on how to apply and FAQs.