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    Creators Fund paves the way for independent creatives to take their practice and their careers to the next level by providing them with one of the most important and scarce creative resources – time – to research, innovate and take risks.

    Open to individual creative practitioners and collectives across all disciplines, and at all career stages, the program supports artists and creatives to undertake a sustained period of intensive research and development or experimentation.

    The Creators Fund provides financial support for up to six months for creative practitioners to undertake the following activities that will enable career advancement and innovation within the creative industries:

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

    Applications can be for solo activity or activity undertaken by small creative collectives/collaborations.


    Update: In line with the Victorian Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy, work is currently underway on a new round of the Creators Fund program. More details will be available later in 2021.

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    ** If you have received funding through this program and your project has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact program staff listed below. **


    Who can apply

    The Creators Fund accepts applications from individuals and collectives. 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.

    The primary focus of the proposal must include Victorian-based individual professional creative practitioners (emerging to established) and/or Victorian-based professional collectives AND a creative ideas or activity.

    Groups of individuals who join together as a collective must be legally constituted or nominate either an individual or an auspicing body to apply, and to take legal and financial responsibility for the grant should one be awarded.

    This state-wide program encourages applications from First Peoples, Deaf and Disabled creatives, LGBTIQ+ applicants, regional applicants and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

    Who to talk to

    Chloe Turner, Senior Arts Officer on 03 9623 1169 or via email at

    Links and downloads

    Meet the creators - 2021

    A key initiative of the Victorian Government’s $115m Creative State strategy, the Creators Fund will enable recipients to work intensively to research and develop their creative ideas over an intensive period of up to six months.

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    Previous recipients 2020

    Eighteen local creative practitioners and collectives have received support through the Creators Fund to undertake intensive research, experimentation and development that will take their careers, practice and businesses to a new level.

    Meet the Creators of 2020

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    Previous recipients 2019

    The 2019 Creators – individuals as well as collectives and small companies – will embark on intensive research, development and experimentation that will set the foundation for career-defining new work in the years ahead. Collectively the recipients will share in $900,000 worth of funding.

    Meet the Creators of 2019

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