Dancers on stage

Zak Pidd and Charles Purcell, 'Apokalypsis', 2018. Courtesy and copyright the artists and Next Wave. Image: Sarah Walker.

    ** Closing date extension: the closing date for this program has been extended to 5pm, 25 February 2021**

    The Creative Workers Fund supports projects led by Victorian professional creatives across all creative disciplines. Projects can include collaborating with creative and non-creative personnel (such as technicians, publicists etc).

    The types of activities that may be supported include:

    • Development of creative works, content/IP, products and/or services
    • Presentation of works, productions, exhibitions, publications or curated programs/festivals delivered in a COVIDSafe manner
    • Professional creatives collaborating with Victorian communities
    • Professional or skills development that positively impact the careers of Victorian creatives
    • Audience engagement and market development activity in a COVIDSafe manner

    NB: Recipients of the VicArts September 2020 round or the Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program are ineligible to apply to the Creative Workers Fund.

    Funding available

    Applicants may apply for Activity Project Costs plus Access Costs, if applicable.

    Project Costs

    Applications will be accepted for requests from:

    • $4,000 to $20,000 for individuals, sole traders and freelancers to undertake discrete solo projects (ie. one creative working on a solo project)
    • $4,000 to $40,000 for collectives, groups, organisations and businesses to undertake discrete projects or a suite of public programming outcomes

    Access Costs

    Please contact program staff to discuss how to include access costs in your application and budget as they will vary depending on the applicant and size/scope of activity.

    Who can apply

    The Creative Workers Fund accepts applications from Victorian individual creative practitioners, collectives, groups, businesses or organisations that meet Creative Victoria’s general eligibility.

    Applications are encouraged from a wide range of creative disciplines from across the sector, including but not limited to screen, fashion, design, digital games, visual arts, literature, dance, circus, cabaret, music, theatre, multidisciplinary and experimental work.

    This state-wide program encourages applications from First Peoples*, Deaf and Disabled creatives *, LGBTIA+ applicants, Young applicants (aged 25 years and below), Regional applicants and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

    *On this page and in the program documents:

    • The term First Peoples is used and is inclusive of people identifying as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous and Koorie.
    • The term Deaf and Disabled people will be used. Disability can be visible or invisible, sensory, physical, neurodiverse, cognitive, intellectual or developmental. Our definition includes people with lived experience of mental health or illness. We recognise and support the right of the Deaf community to label their experiences not as disability but as one of cultural and linguistic difference.
    • The term Regional refers to the 48 Victorian local government areas classified as regional by the Victorian State Government. You can find the list of these local government areas here.

    Key dates

    Round opens: 25 January 2021 via the Creative Victoria Grants Portal

    **Extended deadline** Round closes: 5pm, Thursday 25 February 2021

    For activities commencing from 1 July 2021.

    Please note: It takes approximately 12 weeks from the closing dates until funding results are available.

    NB: If you apply to the Creative Workers Fund, you are not eligible to also apply to Creators Fund or Music Works in March 2021. You must choose the most relevant program rather than submit multiple applications.


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    Erin O’Neill: 03 8683 3148 or via email at erin.o'

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