Victorian micro-creative organisations with 10 or fewer staff are eligible to apply for new arts grants of up to $200,000 to fuel their creative ideas.
The Victorian government is offering micro creative organisations and collectives the chance to apply for a stable two-year funding base with its new Creative Ventures Program, aimed at supporting the generation of new work, creative content and career opportunities.
Eligible entities can apply for up to $200,000. Focused on organisations with 10 or fewer full-time staff, the program is open to those working in creative industries including visual art and craft, theatre and performance, literature, music, screen, digital games, design and fashion. Funding can be used both within and outside creative industries to build sustainable professional practices, develop new markets, increase audience engagement, collaborate with others and to create and present new work.
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The Creative Ventures Program will prioritise applications from entities led by or focused on First Peoples creatives, creatives who are deaf or disabled, culturally and linguistically diverse or regionally based, and other under-represented groups.
An initiative of the Labor Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy, the program is already investing in a diverse range of small, high-impact creative organisations across the state. Beneficiaries of the first round of the program announced earlier this year include First Peoples-led circus group Na Djinang Circus, fashion brand Gammin Threads, Liminal – a literary platform that celebrates Asian-Australian writers – and Warrnambool’s inclusive music organisation Find Your Voice Collective.
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“We’re supporting grassroots creative organisations with the funding they need to flourish, driving the extraordinary work and experiences that Victorians love and that bolster our reputation as the creative state,” creative industries minister Danny Pearson said.
“Small creative entities can still pack a punch and we’re backing them to innovate, grow and make their mark on the local, national and global stage.”
Applications for the second round of the Creative Ventures Program close on 21 July. For more information or to apply, visit creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support.