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    The Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places Pilot Program is an open, competitive grant round that focuses on projects to activate existing spaces or create new places for creatives in regional Victoria. This pilot program is not restricted to infrastructure projects and seeks to encourage projects that develop or enhances new or existing collaboration and creative opportunities.

    The pilot program is part of a broader initiative, Coworking Spaces and Creative Places, action 7 of the Victorian Government’s creative industries strategy, Creative State. Action 7 aims to strengthen the creative industries ecosystem, increase participation and access in cultural and creative endeavours and build on the professional and business capacity of individuals, organisations and collectives.

    Funding available

    Applications will be accepted for requests up to $75,000 for a funded period of no more than 1 year.

    Creative Victoria will not fund the entire project cost. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate contributions from other sources (e.g. generated fees/income, applicant cash contribution, sponsorship or other funding partners such as local government or philanthropic organisations) and/or in-kind contributions.

    Who can apply

    Projects must take place in one of the 48 regional Local Government Authority areas only (not including the 10 Interface local council areas), referred to in the regional area on Creative Victoria’s website.

    The program accepts applications from individuals, organisations and collectives, including partnerships with creatives, social enterprises, not-for-profit organisations, community organisations and regional local government authorities (also see General Eligibility).

    The project must involve or benefit Victorian-based creative practitioners, creative organisations or creative collectives.

    The program will not accept applications from:

    • State-owned cultural agencies and organisations (except where acting as an auspice body).
    • Applicants that have an overdue Creative Victoria (or former Arts Victoria) acquittal.
    • State government departments and agencies.

    Key dates

    EOI Process - CLOSED

    Formal Application Process - BY INVITATION ONLY - CLOSED

    N.B:  This is a two-staged process; see the Application Process and Assessment section in the guidelines for more details.

    Who to talk to

    Links and downloads

    Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places Pilot Program Guidelines DOCX, 471.1 KB
    Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Place Project Plan Template (for Formal Application Invitation Only) DOCX, 159.1 KB
    Creative Victoria Budget drafting tool XLS, 159.0 KB
    Information for all applicants
    Creative Victoria Grants Portal

    Past recipients

    The FLOAT Collective, Lakes Entrance, $75,000
    To transform the unused Slipway Sheds in Lakes Entrance into a new exhibition, workshop, meeting and coworking space for the creative community. The FLOAT Collective will also use one of the three Slipway buildings as headquarters for the delivery of FLOAT/unFLOAT - a Gippsland Lakes Artist in Residence Network that will stretch across the Gippsland Lakes.

    Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, Cororooke, $75,000
    Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery will create an artist gathering space for workshops, rehearsals and performance as well as a cafe and food prep area. The expansion will incorporate the decommissioned W Class tram that the community will receive from Vic Track.

    Monash University, Warracknabeal, $75,000
    To pilot Warracknabeal Creative Circuit, a new makerspace that will offer programs that fuse low-cost technology and art/crafts. The project will offer workspace, equipment and expertise to community members and six free-of-charge workshop spaces to local makers.

    Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative, Ballarat North, $75,000
    To transform an underused section of the Cooperative’s main building into a culturally safe media and cultural centre for Aboriginal artists at all career stages from the broader Ballarat region and the west of Victoria. The new space will bring together oral storytellers, digital storytellers, visual artists, filmmakers, painters and those practicing traditional Aboriginal crafts including weaving, boomerang and possum skin cloak making and will support Aboriginal artists to develop and extend their creative practice.

    Lighthouse Arts Collective, Point Lonsdale, $75,000
    To build on an existing creative space, New Hall, by collaborating with the Uniting Church to transform the remainder of the church building into a multidisciplinary creative space which will house artist studios, a coworking space, an artisan pop-up shop and a pop-up café.

    Beaufort Progress Association INC, Beaufort, $67,000
    To transform the former service station site on Beaufort’s main street into Servo@23, a carbon neutral creative hub containing art and office spaces, and a large events and conference room that can double as a movie theatre.

    Deans Marsh SPARK INC, Deans Marsh, $65,938
    To build on the SPARK! (“Sport and Arts Koalition”) project by purchasing arts equipment which will enable local sporting facilities to be made available for creative programming outside of the sporting calendar. SPARK will employ a part-time coordinator for one year who will take the lead on a series of arts programs and events for the community and visitors.

    City of Ballarat, Ballarat Central, $75,000
    To develop an arts incubator in the centre of Ballarat’s arts precinct that includes sound recording studios, a film studio, gallery space, a technology hub and studio space where artists and people working across the creative industries can connect and collaborate.

    One Day Studios, Richard Pritchard, Warrnambool, $74,550
    One Day Studios will establish a space that will offer mentorship and training for local creatives to build and extend their skills and knowledge in digital technology. The membership-based studio will be a space where creatives can learn and collaborate as well as exhibit and promote their work to the wider community. The project will include office space, meeting areas, a sound/podcast studio and a performance/filming space.

    Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE), Beechworth, $74,406
    To further develop ACRE, a coworking space and enterprise education facility at the Old Beechworth Gaol site. This project will support an upgrade to the space including the refurbishment of meeting rooms, creating events spaces, adding video conferencing facilities which will help local creatives connect and collaborate with the world.

    Arts Mildura, Mildura, $54,517
    To renovate unused spaces in the Arts Mildura facility to create artist studios and a coworking space. The project will also support a program of professional development workshops and forums for local artists and the establishment of an online artisan shop where local artists can sell their work.

    MAST Coworking Space, Lauren Murphy, Warragul, $39,800
    To support the second stage renovation of MAST Coworking Space, a multi-disciplined creative space for local up and coming artists. Once completed, the site will house a workshop space, the region’s first podcast/vlog room, private room desk hire, affordable gallery space, regular workshops, community art projects and pop-up music gigs.

    Foundry, Bairnsdale, $5,000
    To expand the Foundry’s artist-in-residence program by upgrading facilities to ensure that the spaces can be used by a wider variety of artists across a range of artistic disciplines. The project includes upgrading heating and cooling and the existing retail space that connects the work of local artists to buyers from the region, and beyond.