13 July 2021

The Victorian Government is backing the businesses, large and small, that fuel our $31.6 billion creative economy with the launch of new investment programs aimed at growing jobs, generating more innovative work and creative products and boosting the state’s reputation as a national and global creative leader.

The new Creative Enterprises and Creative Ventures programs, will invest in creative businesses, organisations and industry service organisations working across all creative forms.

The Creative Enterprises Program will provide four years of investment to established creative organisations and businesses with a record of achievement. Applicants will be leaders in their field and able to demonstrate how they will grow jobs, support the creative community and deliver creative products, activities and services in line with the priorities set out in the Government’s newly released strategy.

Recognising that the majority of creative businesses are micro-organisations and collectives, the Creative Ventures Program will be open to entities with up to 10 staff. The new program will give creative entities a stable base to grow and plan over two years, investing in a pipeline of innovative creative content, work and activities.

As part of a reform of all of Creative Victoria’s programs outlined in the Creative State strategy, both programs include a dedicated First Peoples stream to support First Peoples owned and led creative businesses and organisations. In line with the principles of Aboriginal self-determination, applications will be assessed by First Peoples external industry panels.

Improving access to employment opportunities for creatives who are d/Deaf and creatives with disabilities is also a key action of the new strategy and the Creative Ventures Program will include a stream for d/Deaf and Disabled led creative entities, to be assessed by a panel of peers with lived experience.

Applications to both programs will open on 12 August and close on 16 September 2021.