Art Grants In Victoria

The state of Victoria is known for being a cultural leader, and there are plenty of funding opportunities to enable individual artists and organisations to undertake research and develop their creative process. 

Creative Victoria 

VicArts Grant

This program is ideal for artists and smaller arts companies looking for one-off support for their project. Requests for funding can range between $5.000 and $60.000 (or up to $20.000 for solo projects).

The focus of projects applying for this grant must include Victoria-based professional arts practitioners or organisations.

When to apply:

This grant usually has two rounds per year. Here are the key dates for 2018:

Round 1 (currently closed)

Opens on the 1st of February and closes at 5pm on the 22nd of February. This is suitable for activities starting after the 1st of July 2018.

Round 2

Opens on the 28th of June and closes at 5pm on the 26th of July. This is suitable for activities starting after the 1st of January 2019.

Note that it can take up to 12 weeks after the closing date for results to be published.

Creators Fund

This fund is open to both individual practitioners and collectives across a variety of disciplines, such as fashion, visual arts, design and experimental work. It’s ideal for candidates requiring between $20.000 and $50.000 to support intensive creative research, the development of new ideas and new works, as well as practice-based experimentation.  

Proposals sent to the Creators Fund should focus on Victoria-based professional creative practitioners, either individuals or collectives.

When to apply

The July 2018 funding round opens on the 28th of June 2018 and closes at 5pm on the 26th of July 2018. This round is suitable for activities starting after the 1st of January 2019, but must occur within a year once funding is approved.

Regional Partnerships

Funding provided by The Regional Partnerships Program is meant to contribute to the professional programming and operations of art galleries and performing arts centres to enable local communities in Victoria access to a variety of quality arts experiences.

This grant is suitable for regional galleries and performing arts centres which are owned and managed by a Local Government Authority or not for profit organisation. Investment by state government helps generate employment and tourism opportunities as well as a professional management of regional arts facilities.

When to apply (currently closed)

Application to this grant is by invitation only. Every three years Creative Victoria invites new applicants based on their eligibility to meet the grant requirements. For more information about application guidelines you can call 03 8683 3157.  

How to apply for Creative Victoria grants

All applications for funding can be submitted using the Creative Victoria grants portal. First you’ll need to register as a user. Once you’ve created an account, you’ll also be able to use it for any future applications.

Next, submit your application, making sure you understand all the information about the application process. For help registering, you can call 03 8683 3100.

Regional Arts Victoria

This independent, non-profit organisation strives to stimulate creative activities for regional audiences and offers excellent support for grant applicants. The Regional Arts Fund, offered by the Australian Government, is delivered in two categories:

Quick Response Grants (available throughout the year)

This grant provides funding up to $1.500 for individuals and $3.000 for collectives.

Community Grants (currently closed, reopening again in January 2019)

Community Grants offer funding up to $15.000 for projects involving regional artists and available in two rounds per year. The focus should be on having a public outcome and engaging the community where the project is based.

Regional Arts Victoria run information sessions across the state. For help applying to either of these grants, you can get in touch with a facilitator in your area.

This article is in collaboration with Mountain Leon.