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Creative Projects Fund | Creative Victoria

The Creative Projects Fund seeks to support professional artists, creative practitioners, groups/collectives and creative micro to small organizations with short-term funding to develop and/or launch work that defines and represents Victoria’s cultural identity and breaks new ground.

Applications are encouraged from a wide range of creative disciplines from across the sector, including but not limited to screen, digital games, design, visual arts/craft, literature, dance/physical performance, circus, cabaret, music, sound art, theater, multidisciplinary and cross-industries collaborations.

This program has three streams:

  • First Peoples creatives stream – Applications led by Victorian First Peoples creatives will be assessed in alignment with Aboriginal self-determination by a First Peoples assessment panel
  • Deaf and Disabled creatives stream – Applications led by Victorian Deaf and Disabled creatives can choose to be assessed by an assessment panel of creative industries peers with lived experience of deafness and disability, or by specific creative industries peers depending on the creative discipline chosen
  • general stream – All other applications will be assessed by specific creative industries peers depending on the creative discipline chosen

On this page and program documents:

  • The term First People is used to refer to Traditional Owners of Victoria and all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who reside in this state.
  • The term Deaf and Disabled people will be used. A lived experience of disability can be visible or invisible, including physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, developmental, mental illness and/or neurodiversity. We recognize and support the right of the Deaf community to label their experience as one of cultural and linguistic difference. We recognize the diversity within the Deaf and Disabled communities and that the terminology and language used is evolving.
  • the acronym CALD is used and is inclusive of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to people born overseas, people with one or both parents born overseas and people who speak a language other than English at home.
  • The term regional refers to the 48 Victorian local government areas classified as regional by the Victorian State Government.
  • The term creative practitioners refers to individuals who develop, produce and present work in visual, performing, literary, multi-disciplinary and new media arts, screen, design, fashion, broadcasting and recording, publishing, architecture, and the heritage and collections sector. Creative practice can be commercially-driven, in a not for profit context and/or community-based. A creative professional may not earn a regular income from their practice but is recognized by their peers, is committed to devoting significant time to creative activities and/or has a history of public presentation.
  • Collectives refers to an ensemble or group of professional creatives who work together.
  • Micro to small creative organizations/businesses are defined for the purpose of this program as organizations within the creative industries with up to 10 Full Time Equivalent staff.

Please note: We understand that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created uncertainty regarding future planning, travel and gatherings. When proposing activities, you should take COVIDSafe practices into account and consider contingencies while still feeling free to present your creative ideas/activities.


Funding available

Applications will be accepted for requests from $5,000to $20,000 .

Access Costs

  • All applicants are encouraged to include access costs within their project budgets that make activities accessible to a Deaf and Disabled audience (eg Auslan, captioning, audio description, materials in other formats).
  • Deaf and Disabled applicants applying to the Deaf and Disabled creatives stream, may apply for the general project costs, plus up to $3,000 to cover any additional specific access costs that will help remove barriers for the creatives/arts workers involved in the project. These additional funds can only be used for access initiatives costs and cannot be repurposed for general project costs.



Who can apply

This program accepts applications from individuals and collectives/groups and micro to small organizations that meet Creative Victoria’s general eligibility.

The primary focus of the proposal must include Victorian professional artists, creative practitioners, collectives, groups or organizations that meet Creative Victoria’s general eligibility AND a creative project that meets the program aims. The program will be open to professional Victorian-based:

  • Independent artists and creative practitioners
  • Creative collectives and groups
  • Creative micro to small organizations/businesses

Please note:

  • Creative Victoria will only accept one application per applicant (including as part of a collective or under auspice) in each funding round. Auspice bodies may apply on behalf of multiple applicants.
  • Demand for Creative Victoria support is high. Applicants must not assume they will be successful or enter into/give up commitments based on that assumption before receiving formal notification of their application outcome.
  • Groups of individuals who join together as a collective must be legally constituted or nominate either an individual or an auspice body to apply, and to take legal and financial responsibility for the grant if successful.
  • All applicants must have an active ABN. If you do not have an ABN, you can apply for an ABN online or apply for the grant through an auspice body with an ABN.
  • Unincorporated associations will need to either apply under auspice, or have an individual apply on behalf of the group.
  • Successful applicants should not assume that if successful once, they will be successful again in the future. Applicants should consider how they will use the funding to build their sustainability beyond the funded period.


Key dates

Round opening soon!

round close:
General and First Peoples streams: 3pm, Thursday 11 August 2022
Deaf and Disabled creatives stream: 3pm,Thursday 18 August 2022

For activities commencing from 1 January 2023 .

It takes approximately 10 weeks from the closing dates until funding results are available.


Applications Opening Soon

General information on how to access the Grants Portal, including how to register and FAQ about the Portal, can be found here.

You will need to determine which stream you are applying to.

  • First Peoples Creative Entities Stream: Click here to START your application – Opening Soon
  • Deaf and Disabled Creative Entities Stream: Click here to START your application – Opening Soon
  • General Stream: Click here to STARTyour application – Opening Soon

If you wish to work on DRAFTSor see your SAVED APPLICATIONSplease click here to return to the Grants Portal


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