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7 October 2016

Melbourne is widely recognised as the cultural capital but the Victorian Government is shining a light beyond the CBD with a new grants program to invest in creativity in outer metropolitan areas.

 City of Greater Dandenong. Nocturnal (2013)

City of Greater Dandenong. Nocturnal (2013) Photo by Jason Edwards

Creative Suburbs is a program aimed to complement, and extend on, existing activity in outer metro areas and fill a longstanding  gap in Victorian Government cultural funding.

The program will provide support to outer metropolitan councils to undertake new creative projects or programs that give community members opportunities to engage with, and participate in, high quality creative experiences.

The $1.8 million program is an initiative of the Victorian Government's creative industries strategy Creative State. It will provide councils with funding for one-off projects and activities as well as programs that run for up to two years.

Funding is available to 16 targeted outer metropolitan local governments, making communities from Melton to the Mornington Peninsula eligible for support.

Creative Suburbs applications can be made through two streams; one for projects that are ready for delivery and a second category for longer term project concepts that will be developed in partnership with Creative Victoria.

Applications to the Creative Suburbs program close at 5pm, Thursday 20 October 2016 for activity commencing from 1 January 2017.

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