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15 February 2018

Applications are open for three new funding programs supporting social impact, diversity and inclusion in Victoria’s creative industries.

Social Studio. Photo: Liberation Images

Social Studio. Photo: Liberation Images

The new programs are key actions of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy, widening our pool of creative talent and encouraging far reaching social and cultural benefits through creativity.

Talent matters is Creative Victoria’s new diversity and inclusion funding initiative. It seeks to address barriers to participation by under-represented groups in Victoria’s creative industries, and has a specific focus on people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. A key priority is new and emerging refugee groups, particularly young people from African communities.

Grants up to $100,000 are available to help creative organisations to design and deliver a career and/or professional development program targeted at diverse creative practitioners and/or administrators. Programs could include industry placements, mentoring, paid internships and tailored workshops.

Future Makers for Change and Evaluation Exchange aim to support increased social impact outcomes - improving the lives of Victorians through creative experiences and participation, and the application of the creative services.

Future Makers for Change offers grants of up to $300,000 per applicant for new projects that address a specified social issue. Funding is available to support a team of creative industry organisations and auspiced practitioners or collectives with a relevant social delivery partner to unpack a social issue and prototype and deliver a new creative intervention.  The program will support projects to develop, test and scale an idea across a two-year period.

Read more about Future Makers for Change

Evaluation Exchange provides existing creative social impact projects with free access to evaluation experts who will provide guidance and hands-on support to improve evaluation and measurement and build the capacity of the project team. Up to ten projects will be supported in 2018 and in addition to having free access to the advice of an evaluation specialist, projects will be provided with up to $20,000 per applicant to support their evaluation activities.

Read more about Evaluation Exchange

Applications for the above programs close at 5pm on Thursday 29 March.