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    Update: VicArts Grants and Sustaining Creative Workers programs

    In response to the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and feedback received from sector throughout 2020, we are making some changes to the grants available for independent creative professionals, collectives, micro and small businesses and organisations.

    An interim program will be launched in early 2021 to best meet the current needs of the sector and assist Victoria's independent creatives - across different disciplines - to continue to respond to the impacts of the pandemic, rebuild and adapt their careers and businesses and plan for the future.

    Program information and guidelines will be available in late January 2021.

    To keep up to date with Creative Victoria's funding programs and opportunities, subscribe to our eNews or follow us on social media.

    **If you have received funding through this program and your project has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact program staff listed below**

    The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria's artists and smaller arts companies.  It provides one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria's arts sector.

    The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to delivery of the arts that will build on Victoria's position as a cultural leader.

    Funding available

    Applications will be accepted for requests between $5,000 and $60,000.

    Solo projects (i.e. one artist working alone) are eligible to apply for up to $20,000.

    The program also includes a 2-year funding stream, providing 2 years of continued annual support to a limited number of successful applicants.  To discuss appropriate grant requests please contact program staff.

    Who can apply

    • Individuals
    • Organisations including arts, non-arts, community and local government.

    The primary focus of the proposed project or program must include:

    • Victorian based individual professional arts practitioners (emerging to established) and/or Victorian-based professional arts ensembles/organisations; and
    • An artistic activity.

    Key dates


    Round opens: 23 July 2020 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
    Round closes: 5pm, 3 September 2020
    For activity commencing after 1 January 2021.

    NB. Results for Creative Victoria's general funding programs are ordinarily known within 12 weeks of the closing date however, due to a significantly higher number of applications in this round we have extended the notification timeline by an additional two weeks.

    Please note:  We understand that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created uncertainty regarding future planning, travel and gatherings. When proposing projects for 2021, you should take COVID-safe practices into account and consider contingencies while still feeling free to present your creative ideas. Creative Victoria will be flexible on timelines for the selected projects to ensure they can be realised in line with any public health measures or restrictions of the day.

    Links and downloads

    Budget drafting tool (XLS, 94.0 KB)
    Tour itinerary template (XLS, 52.0 KB)
    Information for all applicants
    Creative Victoria Grants Portal
    VicArts Assessment Panel February 2020 (DOCX, 26.0 KB)

    VicArts Assessment Panel September 2020  DOCX, 27.5 KB

    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.

    ArtformContact Person
    TheatreChloe Turner: 8683 3179 or at chloe.turner@creative.vic.gov.au

    Katrina Lee: 8683 3165 or at katrina.lee@creative.vic.gov.au

    Dance/Physical Performance

    Shaun Gillis: 8683 3190 or at shaun.gillis@creative.vic.gov.au

    Masha Wijesiriwardana: 8683 3133 or at masha.wijesiriwardana@creative.vic.gov.au

    Chloe Turner: 8683 3179 or at chloe.turner@creative.vic.gov.au
    Visual ArtsChloe Turner: 8683 3179 or at chloe.turner@creative.vic.gov.au

    2-Year Funding

    Chloe Turner: 8683 3179 or at chloe.turner@creative.vic.gov.au

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    Previous recipients 2019

    August 2019: In this round 40 projects across the state have been supported with grants totalling more than $1.2 million.

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    Abbotsford Convent

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    February 2019: In this round 57 creative projects, involving more than 1,645 independent artists, will share in $1.6 million in funding.

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    2019 recipient - ELISION Ensemble received a grant to undertake a year-long program of public workshops, local performances and an international tour.

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    Previous recipients 2018

    October 2018: 65 diverse arts projects was supported through this round ranging from the development of manuscripts to dance and circus performances, workshops and international exhibitions to solo theatre shows and dynamic festival programs.

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    Artist Yumi Tsuchiya-Umiumare. Photo: Theresa Harrison

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