23 June 2022

Micro creative organisations and collectives from across the state have the opportunity to apply for game-changing funding through the latest round of the Creative Ventures Program.

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Born In A Taxi, Enlighten at White Night. Photo:Carla Gottgens

Designed to power up small creative entities and drive creative innovation in Victoria, the program offers a stable two-year funding base to support the generation of new work, creative content and opportunities.

Eligible entities can apply for up to $200,000 over two years. Focused on organisations with 10 of fewer full-time staff, the program is open to those working in creative industries including visual art and craft, theatre and performance, literature, music, screen, digital games, design and fashion.

Funding can be used to create and present new work and activities; build sustainable professional practices; increase audience engagement, develop new markets, and collaborate with others, both within and outside of the creative industries.

The Creative Ventures Program aims to support and strengthen the diversity of Victoria’s creative industries and will prioritise applications from entities led-by or focused on First Peoples creatives, creatives who are Deaf or Disabled, culturally and linguistically diverse or regionally based, and other under-represented cohorts.

An initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy, the Creative Ventures Program is already investing in a diverse range of small, high-impact creative organisations across the state.

Beneficiaries of the first round of the program, announced earlier this year include First Peoples-led circus group Na Djinang Circus and fashion brand Gammin Threads; Liminal, a literary platform that celebrates Asian-Australian writers; and Warrnambool’s inclusive music organisation, Find Your Voice Collective.

The previous round is already resulting in game-changing opportunities for Victorian creatives including mentorships, secure employment, new programs and creative works, and cross-industry collaborations and partnerships.

Applications for the second round of the Creative Ventures Program close at 3pm on Thursday 21 July 2022.