Grants and Creative Opportunities

Australia Council for the Arts

2020 Resilience Fund

The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding can be combined with relief offered by other arts funding agencies, government departments, support services and philanthropy.

Applications close on Thursday 28 May.

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.

City of Melbourne

Arts House: The Housewarming Commissions

Arts House is calling for submissions from contemporary artists for artworks that will be programmed into their reopening party. Arts House invites artists from all artforms to create short, focused works able to be readily installed across their site as part of our “Housewarming Commissions.”

Applications close on Monday 25 May.

Assembly Point Guild

Creative Spaces are calling out visual and sculptural artists to exhibit at Assembly Point in Southbank this July. A quick response round has been opened for artists ready to exhibit between 29 June and 2 August.

Expressions of Interests close on Friday 5 June.

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.

Test Sites 

This program provides opportunities for artists to explore and experiment with creative ideas in the public realm. Test Sites Online has been developed in collaboration with Testing Grounds in direct response to the difficult circumstances resulting from the spread of COVID-19.

Applications close on Sunday 31 May.

City of Port Phillip

Arts Response Grants

Three streams of small quick response grants have been developed by the City of Port Phillip to support local artists, cultural organisations, and creative groups dealing with the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Applicants can apply for up to and between $4,000 and $8,000 depending on the stream and criteria for each stream.

Applications close on Monday 8 June 2020.

City of Yarra

COVID-19 Quick Response Grants

City of Yarra is delivering a range of grants for Yarra residents, businesses and community organisations to see them through coronavirus (COVID-19) over the coming months. Their $7.46 million community and business support package provides funding for these grants to promote resilience and recovery in the community.

Creative Victoria

Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative

Sustaining Creative Workers delivers quick-response funding to professional independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives andmicro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

Melbourne Recital Centre

Expressions of Interest for 2021

Melbourne Recital Centre is pleased to open its Expression of Interest program for 2021 a little earlier than usual this year. In these strange and unusual times, this will provide an opportunity to think about performances and programs that could be presented in 2021, beyond this current crisis.

Expressions of interest close on Sunday 31 May.

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

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