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  • heritage
  • literature
  • music
  • performing
  • regional
  • screen
  • visual

    The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative provides quick-response grants to individual creative practitioners as well as creative collectives and micro-organisations to help them through the challenges of the pandemic and plan for reactivation.

    The 2021 round of the Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers initiative supports Victorian-based independent creative professionals, sole traders, freelancers, collectives, micro-organisations and businesses. This includes practitioners and organisations who work in support roles for creative activities, such as producers and technicians.

    It is open to applicants in all parts of the state, working in all creative disciplines and at all stages of their creative career.

    The program is designed to enable Victorian creatives to continue to work on and stabilise their creative practice or business while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. Recipients can use their grant for activities such as but not limited to:

    • Planning, adapting and relaunching work
    • Research and professional development
    • Products and/or skills development
    • Exploration of new ways to engage audiences for existing or new work and/or
    • Development/exploration of markets for your creative work.

    The program is being delivered by Regional Arts Victoria and administered by an industry advisory group comprising Creative Victoria, Arts Access Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Music Victoria, NETS Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Theatre Network Australia and Writers Victoria. Full details, including program guidelines, information on how to apply and frequently asked questions (FAQs) is available on the Regional Arts Victoria website


    Funding available

    The following funding amounts are available through Sustaining Creative Workers:

    • Up to $5,000 for individuals, sole traders and freelancers; and,
    • Up to $10,000 for collectives, groups and micro-organisations/businesses (micro organisations/businesses are those that employ less than 5 Full Time Equivalent staff).
    • Up to $2,500 in additional access funding is available for applications from Deaf and Disabled creatives, artists, arts workers, and disability-led organisations/businesses.

    Who can apply

    The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative is for:

    • Victorian based creative practitioners, including sole traders and freelancers
    • Victorian based collectives, micro-organisations and businesses
    • Creative practitioners working in any artform or creative discipline,  including those who work in support roles for creative activities, such as producers and technicians
    • Creative practitioners at all career stages.

    Full eligibility details are available in the guidance material on the Regional Arts Victoria website

    If you are a First Peoples creative practitioner who received a Sustaining Creative Workers grant in 2020, there is a dedicated funding stream to support you. If you have not received a direct email from the Creative Victoria First Peoples team, please contact grants@rav.net.au


    Key dates

    Two rounds will be assessed during the program open period:

    • Round One: closes 5pm Tuesday 26 October 2021. Applicants who submit before this date will be assessed in Round One and successful applicants will be advised of outcomes in the week commencing Monday 15 November 2021. Any applicant who does not receive funding in Round One will automatically be considered in Round Two.
    • Round Two: closes 5pm Monday 22 November 2021. Applicants who submit to Round Two and all other applicants from Round One will be advised of outcomes in the week commencing 13 December 2021.

    Who to talk to

    This program is being administered by Regional Arts Victoria. Advisors are available to help you with your application. Book a time to talk to an Advisor.


    Links and downloads

    Links to program guidelines, information on how to apply and FAQs are available on the Regional Arts Victoria website.


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