5 February 2021

Creative Victoria’s Creators Fund has opened for applications, offering support to independent Victorian creatives and collectives from all creative disciplines and at career stages.

Image:  Credit: Ngioka Bunda-Heath. Image: James Henry

Thanks to a new partnership with the Sidney Myer Fund, the February 2021 round of the program offers the largest funding pool to date.

A generous $100,000 contribution from the Sidney Myer Fund, has increased the Creators Fund to $1 million, which will enable up to 10 additional grants.

This is the first time Creative Victoria has partnered directly with a philanthropic organisation on a grants program. It comes at a critical time for Victorian creatives as they rebuild and reshape their careers and businesses in light of the global disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sidney Myer Fund CEO Leonard Vary said: “This is a challenging time for our arts sector and the Sidney Myer Fund is pleased to be working with governments at all levels to support our artists.”

Providing financial support for up to six months, the Creators Fund paves the way for independent creatives to take their practice and their careers to the next level.  It aims to support a sustained period of research, development and experimentation, enabling them to take risks, innovate and test new ideas and approaches.

Past Creators Fund recipients include filmmakers, game developers, theatre makers, writers, dancers, visual artists, designers and musicians.

In 2020 the Creators Fund supported industrial designer Nyein Chan Aung to work with healthcare professionals to research and design a protype for a new kind of palliative care bed that could improve the end-of-life care for both the patient and their loved ones. In 2019 fashion designer Courtney Holm used her time to research and experiment with zero waste, technology and customisation in fashion in order to produce a conceptual collection that promoted circular fashion practices.

The Creators Fund encourages applications from First Peoples, Deaf and Disabled, LGBTIQ+ and regional applicants and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Grants of between $20,000 and $50,000 are available, plus access costs.

For more information and to apply visit the Creators Fund page.