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    The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative seeks to support the continued work of Victoria’s independent creative practitioners who have been negatively impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Sustaining Creative Workers delivers quick-response funding to professional independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

    It will support creatives, across all creative disciplines, to continue to work in their creative field, adapt to change, research and develop projects, develop their product or skills, and/or connect with new audiences or markets.

    The program will be delivered state-wide and in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria.

    Funding available

    Applications will be accepted for requests:

    • Up to $5,000 for individuals, sole traders and freelancers
    • Up to $10,000 for collectives, micro-organisations and businesses*
    • Up to $2,500 in additional access funding for applications from Deaf and Disabled creatives, artists, arts workers and disability-led organisations/businesses

    * Micro organisations/businesses are those that employ less than 5 Full Time Equivalent staff.

    Who can apply

    Sustaining Creative Workers accepts applications from Victorian-based independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers and creative micro organisations/businesses, with at least five years of professional experience (with the exception of Stream 3), that have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

    Applications are encouraged from a wide range of creative disciplines including, but not limited to, visual arts/craft, literature, contemporary dance/physical performance, community creative practice, circus, cabaret, music, sound art, theatre, fashion, design, screen and digital games, multidisciplinary and experimental work.

    Sustaining Creative Workers has four streams:

    • Stream 1: First Peoples creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses from across Victoria with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes. Note: The term First Peoples refer to, and is inclusive of, people identifying as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous and Koorie.
    • Stream 2: Metro and Outer Metro Melbourne creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes.
    • Stream 3: Deaf and Disabled creatives/artists and arts workers or disability-led micro organisations/businesses from across Victoria.
    • Stream 4: Regional Victorian creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses (with the exception of the groups above) with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes. Note – applications for this stream must be submitted through Regional Arts Victoria.

      For Stream 4, applicant’s postcode must reflect their residence or location of the organisation/business in one of the 48 local government area classified as ‘regional’ by the Victorian State Government. You can find a list of these local government areas here. Please contact Regional Arts Victoria if you are uncertain.

    The initiative will support activities including (but are not limited to):
    o  Planning and adaptation to the newly emerged environmental context
    o  Research and development
    o  Products and/or skills development
    o  Exploration of new ways to engage audiences for existing or new work
    o  Development/exploration of markets for your creative work

    Given the uncertain environment, confirmed outcomes or presentations are not required for this program.

    Please contact program staff if you are unsure which stream to apply to.

    **View a video message with Auslan interpretation and captions, featuring Caroline Bowditch, CEO of Arts Access Victoria on Stream 3 – Deaf and Disabled Artists.

    Key dates

    Round opens: 9am, 30 April 2020 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal or for regional applicants, applying through Regional Arts Victoria.

    The program will be open on an ongoing basis and applicants can apply at any time up to 5pm, 1 June 2020 or until the funding pool is exhausted.

    Only one application is accepted per applicant over this period.

    It takes a minimum of 3 weeks from submitting your application until funding results are available.

    Links and downloads

    Guidelines

    Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative Guidelines - Word version   DOCX, 143.9 KB
    Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative Guidelines - PDF version   PDF, 346.8 KB
    Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative Guidelines - Accessible   DOCX, 75.6 KB
    Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative Guidelines – Audio version WAV, 27.3 MB

    View a video message
    with Auslan interpretation and captions, featuring Caroline Bowditch, CEO of Arts Access Victoria on Stream 3 – Deaf and Disabled Artists.

    Drafting tools

    Application drafting tool - Stream 1 - First People Applicants DOCX, 41.9 KB
    Application drafting tool - Stream 2 - Metro and Outer Metro Applicants DOCX, 42.1 KB
    Application drafting tool - Stream 3 - Deaf and Disabled Applicants DOCX, 24.1 KB

    Applying
    Information for all applicants
    Creative Victoria Grants Portal

    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.

    Information session
    View a recording of an online information session from 5 May 2020 with Creative Victoria program staff who provide an overview of the program, including eligibility, the simplified application form and the assessment process.
    Art formContact person
    Theatre Sasha Leong: 8683 3140
    Literature

    Shaun Gillis: 8683 3190

    Dance/Physical Performance

    Shaun Gillis: 8683 3190

    Music Kaushali Seneviratne: 8683 3106
    Cross-Artform/
    Multi-Artform
    Chloe Turner: 8683 3179
    Visual Arts Chloe Turner: 8683 3179
    Screen Sophine Chai: 8683 3164
    Design Erica Sanders: 8683 3113
    First Peoples Applicants
    (incl. those based regionally)
    Eliza Mango: 8683 3128
    Rochelle Duke: 0436 426 032
    Deaf & Disabled Applicants
    (incl. those based regionally)
    Sasha Leong: 8683 3140
    All other regional applicants: Please contact Regional Arts Victoria