Grants and Creative Opportunities

Check out these opportunities for First Nations creatives.

City of Melbourne

Signal Screen and Sound Commissions 2021

Emerging artists aged 16 to 25, got a great idea for a screen or sound work? Get commissioned to bring it to life with SIGNAL’s Screen X Sound Commissions. Applications close Monday 21 June.

2022 Annual Arts Grants

What creative work would you develop or present with the support of an arts grant? Whether you compose, paint, sculpt, dance, write, perform, film or produce work unlike anything else, grants of up to $20,000 are available to make your project happen.

City of Greater Dandenong

Community Grants Program

The City of Greater Dandenong provides financial assistance in the form of grants and donations to community groups and individuals for activities that will benefit local residents. All applications close by 30th June 2021.


Dance (Lens) 2021 Submissions

For Melbourne’s inaugural Dance (Lens) festival, Dancehouse are providing webcast and screening fees for innovative dance works made for the screen. Works may include expanded choreographic possibilities, temporalities, contexts, and/or traditions; both human and non-human bodies. Submissions close Monday June 21 at 11:59pm.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

First Nations Artist in Residence program

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) together with the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) are incredibly excited to present a new artistic professional development initiative. The First Nations Artist in Residence Program supports the career development of an emerging to mid-career First Nations musician with a practice in jazz, improvisation or contemporary art music and its composition. Applications close 31 May 2021.

Moreland City Council

Making it in Moreland 2021

Join Kimba Thompson (Blak Dot Gallery Director), and guest global First Nations artists Ngioka Bunda-Heath, Veisinia Tonga, Astrid Mendez and Gina Ropiha as they yarn about contemporary arts practice, the importance of culture and community, the impacts of creating art within colonisation & decolonisation, and the future as they see it. Part of Arts Moreland’s FREE workshop series for artists, arts venues and creatives. Sat 5 & 19 June.

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA)

Performers’ Trust Foundation

Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts.

The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust.

  • Two (including the Chairman) are appointed by the PPCA;
  • One is appointed by the Musicians’ Union of Australia;
  • One is appointed by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (formerly Actors’ Equity)

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund

The RISE Fund is supporting the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations who are seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities. The program is intended to assist by providing finance to assist the presentation of new or re-shaped cultural and creative activities and events. Applications opened on 31 August 2020 and will remain open until all funds are allocated.

Screen Australia

Indigenous Feature Development

The Indigenous Department’s feature development program aims to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers with demonstrated experience to extend their craft and their ideas in the longer feature format. They are looking for striking and engaging storytelling that will connect with audiences.

Image credit: 2021 YIRRAMBOI Festival Closing Night, photo by James Henry