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    The Creators Fund helps 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.

    Time to research, innovate and take risks.

    The program supports creatives to undertake a sustained period of intensive research  and development or experimentation of new ideas and concepts.

    The program's focus is not on supporting full concept realisation and presentation, or audience engagement activities.  Instead, it allows creatives to focus on the initial exploratory stages of new ideas that includes testing, deep research and development, and experimentation.

    It's open to individual creative practitioners and collectives across all disciplines, and at all career stages.  The program provides financial support for up to six months to creative practitioners, allowing them to explore new ideas and ways of working that will provide career advancement and innovation within the creative industries.

    This program has three streams:

    • First Peoples stream - Applications led by Victorian First Peoples will be assessed in alignment with Aboriginal self-determination by a First Peoples assessment panel.
    • Deaf and Disabled stream - Applications led by Victorian deaf and disabled creatives will be assessed by a panel of creative industries peers with lived experience of deafness and disability.
    • General stream - All other applications will be assessed by specific creative industries peers depending on the creative discipline chosen (see Program Guidelines).

    On this page and program documents:

    • The term First Peoples is used to refer to Traditional Owners of Victoria and all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who reside in this state.
    • The term Deaf and Disabled people will be used. A lived experience of disability can be visible or invisible, including physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, developmental, mental illness and/or neurodiversity. We recognise and support the right of the Deaf community to label their experience as one of cultural and linguistic difference. We recognise the diversity within the Deaf and Disabled communities and that the terminology and language used is evolving.
    • The acronym CALD is used and is inclusive of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to people born overseas, people with one or both parents born overseas and people who speak a language other than English at home.
    • The term Regional refers to the 48 Victorian local government areas classified as regional by the Victorian State Government. View the list of these local government areas.
    • Collectives refers to an ensemble or group of professional creatives who work together.

    Please note: We understand that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created uncertainty regarding future planning, travel and gatherings. When proposing activities, you should take COVIDSafe practices into account and consider contingencies while still feeling free to resent your creative ideas/

    Funding available

    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 groups/collectives/collaborations.

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

    Applications will be accepted for requests between $20,000 and $50,000, for a funded period of up to six months of activity.

    Successful applicants will be expected to dedicate the majority of their working time on the funded activity during the six-month period. Planning for time away from additional professional commitments should be outlined in this application.

    Access costs

    • All applicants are encouraged to include access costs within their project budgets that make activities accessible to a deaf and disabled audience (e.g. Auslan, captioning, audio description, materials in other formats.
    • Deaf and Disabled applicants applying to the Deaf and Disabled creatives stream may apply for an additional amount of up to $5000 on top of their general project costs to cover additional 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 may not be repurposed to cover general project

    Who can apply

    The Creators Fund accepts applications from individuals and groups/collectives that meet Creative Victoria's general eligibility and the following program eligibility.

    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.

    Applications are encouraged across creative industries, including but not limited to screen, fashion, design, digital games, visual arts/craft, literature, contemporary dance/physical performance, circus, cabaret, music, sound art, theatre, multidisciplinary and experimental work.

    This program will encourage and prioritise support to applications from:

    • First Peoples creatives
    • Deaf and Disabled creatives
    • Culturally and linguistically diverse creatives
    • Under-represented cohorts (such as LGBTIQ+ creatives)
    • Regionally based creatives

    Key dates

    Applications for this grant are now closed.

    Round Opened: 31 January, 2022.

    General and First Peoples creatives stream closed 3pm, 3 March 2022.

    Deaf and Disabled creatives closed 3pm, Thursday 10 March 2022

    For activities commencing from 1 July 2022.

    It takes approximately 12 weeks from the closing dates until funding outcomes are available.

    If you wish to see saved applications, please click here to return to the Grants Portal

    Who to talk to

    Please email Bethany O'Connor or phone on 03 9623 1150



    Information session - 15 February 2022

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