Credit: Ngioka Bunda-Heath. Image: James Henry

    ** Closing date extension: the closing date for this program has been extended to 5pm, 1 March 2021 **

    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.

    This round has been boosted with the generous support of the Sidney Myer Fund.

    Funding available

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

    Activity costs

    Applications will be accepted for requests between $20,000 and $50,000 plus access costs for a funded period of up to 6 months of activity. See the guidelines below for further information.

    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 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. Applicants working in digital games are encouraged to read the Creators Fund and the Games Industry FAQ.

    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.

    *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, Monday 1 March 2021

    For activities commencing from 1 July 2021. The period of sustained activity must occur within one year of the funding being confirmed.

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

    NB: If you apply to the Creators Fund, you cannot also apply to the Creative Workers Fund. This means you choose the most relevant program rather than submit multiple applications.


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    Who to talk to

    Please note: We are experiencing a high volume of enquiries at this time so please contact only one staff member from the list below. Program staff will refer you to other contacts as necessary.

    Artform Contact person
    First Peoples Applicants Kaushali Seneviratne: 03 8683 3106 or via email at
    Deaf and/or Disabled Applicants Kaushali Seneviratne: 03 8683 3106 or via email at
    Cross or Multi-Disciplinary Practice Chloe Turner: 03 8683 3179 or via email at
    Dance / Physical PerformanceBethany O’Connor: 03 8683 3176
    Design Bethany O’Connor: 03 8683 3176
    Literature Erin O’Neill: 03 8683 3148 or via email at
    Music Katrina Lee: 03 8683 3165 or via email at
    Screen Chloe Turner: 03 8683 3179 or via email at
    Theatre Hannah Schneider: 03 8683 3128 or via email at
    Visual Arts Erin O’Neill: 03 8683 3148 or via email at

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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.

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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.

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    Mama Alto performing on stage

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