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13 August 2019

Applications are now open for our new First Peoples Investment Program which will provide grants to First Peoples working across arts, music, design, fashion, screen and digital games.

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Image: Peter Waples-Crowe, Ngarigo Queen – Cloak of queer visibility 2018, performance, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2018. Commissioned by ACCA as part of the Yalingwa initative. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Jacqui Shelton

The program is open to all First Peoples of Australia who live in Victoria, and organisations that represent them. It has been developed in consultation with community members and offers three grant categories to help build skills, share and build cultural knowledge and create new work.

Funding of up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for groups or organisations is available for skills and business development activities - including mentorships and attending conferences. Creative practitioners may also undertake projects that involve living on Country and learning from Elders and Traditional Owners.

To support the next generation of First Peoples creative talent, first-time grant applicants can apply for grants of up to $20,000 to create and develop new creative products or artwork.

Cultural respect is a key protocol for the program and applicants can choose to be matched with a community or sector mentor to guide them through the grants process. Each application will be assessed by a panel of Traditional Owners of Victoria and First Peoples who are creative industry experts.

The program will run as a pilot in 2019. It is part of the First Peoples Action Plan for Creative Industries 2018-2020 which was developed in collaboration with the First Peoples community to increase opportunities in the creative industries and raise the profile of First Peoples’ arts, culture and creativity.

Applications to the First Peoples Investment Program are now open and can be submitted at any time. Visit the First Peoples Investment Program page for full program guidelines and further information.