15 October 2021

The Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers initiative is now open for applications, providing critical support to Victoria’s independent creative sector.

Arena Theatre Company. Image James Henry

Victorian-based independent creative practitioners, collectives, and micro-businesses are invited to apply for the quick-response grant program, designed to help them continue work through the pandemic and beyond.

This $5 million program is open to applicants across the state, at all professional career stages, working in all creative disciplines – from dancers, musicians and writers to visual artists, fashion designers, filmmakers and more. It is also open to workers who support creative activity such as technicians and producers.

Creative practitioners, including sole traders and freelancers, are eligible for funding of up to $5,000 and collectives, micro-organisations and businesses are eligible for funding of up to $10,000.

Funding is available to meet the needs of creative workers to see them through the challenges of continuing restrictions – whether that’s to plan or research new projects, adapt existing work, explore new ways to connect with audiences and markets, or skill up with professional development.

The Sustaining Creative Workers grants are being administered through Regional Arts Victoria, working with Creative Victoria, Arts Access Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Music Victoria, NETS Victoria, Theatre Network Australia and Writers Victoria.

During last year’s lockdowns, the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative provided $4.7 million, supporting projects such as the production of new music, podcasts, development of a TV comedy show, the creation of sculptural works and a new platform for photographers to showcase and sell work online.

There are two closing date options for this program: applications submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 26 October 2021 will be considered for fast-tracking, and the full round closes at 5pm on Monday 22 November 2021.

For program details and instructions on how to apply, visit the Regional Arts Victoria website.