Backing Victoria's creative innovators

27 January 2023

Victorian creative professionals with big ideas to transform their practice, build their skills and careers are invited to apply for the latest round of Creative Victoria’s creative R&D program, the Creators Fund.

Image courtesy of Nnenna Okore. [Image description]: Nnenna is sitting behind a desk and leaning to the side, holding a piece of wire attached to a clear plastic sculpture. On the desk is more wire and clear plastic and behind Nnenna is another desk and shelves with various materials. Text in the top left corner spells: Creators Fund 2022 Apply Now. The Creative Victoria logo is in the bottom right corner.
Nnenna Okore - previous grant recipient. Image courtesy of Nnenna Okore.

The Fund aligns with grants in the medical, science and technology fields by supporting creative professionals to undertake the kind of intensive research, development or experimentation that leads to career defining, groundbreaking creative work.

Applications are open to individuals and collectives working in any creative field including digital games, literature, craft, theatre, music, screen, dance, visual art, fashion and design. Grants of between $20,000 and $50,000 are available to support activities for up to six months.

Since its launch in 2018, the Creators Fund has supported almost 160 Victorian creatives working across all areas.

Previous recipients include industrial designer Nyein Aung whose grant supported the design of a new bed for palliative care use, and screenwriter Alexander Swords who developed a method for narrative design in games that is now used by developers across the globe.

Writer Maxine Beneba Clarke recently landed a new book deal for a children’s poetry collection she researched and developed with Creators Fund support.

Creators Fund applications are open to professional creatives at all career stages, including creative collectives, and there are dedicated streams for First Peoples creatives, and Deaf and Disabled creatives.

Applications for the 2023 Creators Fund close 3pm Wednesday 22 February, with the Deaf and Disabled stream closing 3pm Wednesday 1 March 2023.

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