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Grants and Creative Opportunities




City of Melbourne

ArtPlay New Ideas Lab EOI

Got an arts project in mind to develop with babies, toddlers or children 12 years and under? Apply now for ArtPlayKids New Ideas Lab and get $20k to make it happen. EOIs close 5pm Friday 26 March 2021.

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Coronavirus Response Community Grants

The City of Melbourne will provide $200,000 in grants for organisations that support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community and not-for-profit groups that are based in or are providing services to residents of  the City of Melbourne can apply for grants of up to $5000.

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Creative Laneways Project

The Creative Laneways project will create 156 jobs for people, including designers, music producers, lighting specialists, production designers, graphic designers, technicians and maintenance workers to bring the city’s laneways to life, bringing back vibrancy and excitement to the city and supporting local businesses. Creative industry professionals interested in being involved in the project can apply via the Working for Victoria website.

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Australia Council for the Arts

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program (Playing Australia) supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring and other designated costs associated with tours. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. The next closing date is Tuesday 2 March 2021 for projects starting after 1 June 2021.

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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.






Creative Victoria

Building Audiences Fund

The Building Audiences Fund provides one-off support for new marketing projects designed to build or re-establish audiences following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Round closes: 5pm, 25 February 2021.








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 close 31st May 2021.





Screen Australia

Funding Programs

  • Story Development: Generate
  • Story Development: Premium
  • Story Development: Premium Plus








Theatre Network Australia

1000 x 1000 Crisis Cash for Artists – Request for Support

A group of Champion Companies in the performing arts led by Theatre Network Australia and facilitated by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund has been actively fundraising to provide emergency financial relief to artists in need. Their goal is for 1000 donors to each contribute $1000, allowing them to support 1000 artists. Fill out the Request for Support form via the link below.




Image credit: Opening Night, YIRRAMBOI Festival 2019. Photo by Tiffany Garvie.