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).
Applications for this program have closed. See the recipient list here and sign up to our eNews or follow us on social media for the latest information on funding programs and opportunities.
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.
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.
Round closes: This program is now closed. Sign up to our eNews or follow us on social media to receive information on the latest grant updates and opportunities.
It takes a minimum of 3 weeks from submitting your application until funding results are available.
Links and downloads
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.
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
Information for current recipients here.
June 2020 recipients
Full list now available
Who to talk to
Please contact only one staff member from the list below. Program staff will refer you to other contacts as necessary.
|Art form||Contact person|
|Theatre||Sasha Leong: 8683 3140|
Shaun Gillis: 8683 3190
Shaun Gillis: 8683 3190
|Music||Kaushali Seneviratne: 8683 3106|
|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)
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|