Grants and Creative Opportunities

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.

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.

City of Melbourne

Arts House Makeshift Publics Program

This stream of Arts House’s ongoing Makeshift program has been developed to directly respond to the situations we all face right now. In 2021 a group of 10 artists and 8 facilitators from a range of artistic fields will collaborate in peer-to-peer learning environments to unearth new configurations of the spaces we share, at the moment we find ourselves returning to these common spaces. This will be art that rethinks what it means to be a member of a public body, what it means to share public space and what it is that makes us a public. EOI’s close 12pm December 4th.

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.

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.

Creative Spaces – Assembly Point EOI

Assembly Point comprises of 5 glass vitrines lining the walkway between Sturt Street and Moore Street. Creative Spaces accepts applications from individuals or groups. Creatives working in any discipline are encouraged to apply. Due to the nature of the space, 3D and sculptural works are preferred. Applications close on 9th December.

Creative Spaces – The Pavilion EOI

Creative Spaces is seeking expressions of interest for a short-term opportunity open to artists and creatives looking for a space to present or exhibit work. The space may also be used in combination as a development or work space. Creative Spaces welcomes applications across all art forms that include a public outcome (for example, an exhibition). Applying and exhibiting at The Pavilion is free for individuals, students, unfunded groups and organisations. It is available between 8 January to 30 June 2021. EOIs close 9 Dec.

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)

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.