Grants and Creative Opportunities

Adelaide Fringe

First Nations Collaboration Grants

For the second year, Adelaide Fringe will be offering a First Nations Collaboration Grants program celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with the aim to increase First Nations participation in Adelaide Fringe. Grants of up to $10,000 can be applied for to go towards the cost of presenting at Adelaide Fringe 2021.

Applications close on Thursday 13 August.

Australia Council for the Arts

First Nations Contemporary Music Fund

The purpose of the grant is to deliver funding under the Indigenous Contemporary Music Program to provide development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and bands throughout Australia.

Applications close on Tuesday 6 October.

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000.

Applications close on Tuesday 1 September.

Arts Projects – Organisations

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply. Grants are available from $20,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. 

Applications close on Tuesday 1 September.

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

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.

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.

VicArts Grants

The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies.  It provides one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria’s arts sector.

The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to delivery of the arts that will build on Victoria’s position as a cultural leader.

Applications close on Thursday 20 August 2020.

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.


Resilience in Isolation

YIRRAMBOI’s Resilience in Isolation applications are now open. This program looks to provide support to First Nations creatives whose practices have been directly affected by COVID-19. We are pleased to be able to offer First Nations creatives monetary support of up to $1,000 to create, develop or adapt new works with the option of presenting digitally or to be further developed into a showcase/showing at YIRRAMBOI Festival 6-16 May 2021.

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