Up to $10,000 pandemic grants available for artists and collectives

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Up to $10,000 pandemic grants available for artists and collectives

The Victorian Government’s 'Sustaining Creative Workers' initiative is now open for applications, providing critical support to Victoria’s independent creative sector post-pandemic.

The state government today invited Victorian-based independent creatives, collectives and micro-businesses to apply for the grant program, which is designed to help them work through the pandemic and beyond.

The $5 million program is open to applicants across the state, working in all creative disciplines – including dancers, musicians, writers, visual artists, fashion designers and filmmakers. It’s also open to workers who support creative activity such as technicians and producers.

What you need to know

  • Up to $10,000 grants are now available for artists and artistic collectives
  • The grants are to allow projects to thrive post-COVID pandemic
  • It’s part of a $5 million arts funding program by the state government

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Creative practitioners, including sole traders and freelancers, are eligible for funding of up to $5,000, with collectives, micro-organisations and businesses eligible for up to $10,000.

Funding is available to meet the needs of creative workers – whether that’s to plan or research new projects, adapt existing work, explore new ways to connect with audiences or upskill with professional development.

“This vital support will enable Victorian creatives to make and showcase work for Victorian audiences, while also helping them rebuild their careers and businesses,” creative industries minister Danny Pearson said.

“Funding initiatives like this are crucial to ensuring our creative industry has the support it needs to navigate these uncertain times and plan for an exciting return.”

The Sustaining Creative Workers grants are being administered through Regional Arts Victoria, and has already provided $4.7 million in grants to artists during the pandemic, supporting projects such as the production of new music, podcasts, development of a TV comedy show, the creation of sculptural works and a new platform for photographers to sell work online.

Applications submitted by 5:00pm on Tuesday, 26 October 2021 will be considered for fast-tracking, with the remaining applications able to be lodged until 5:00pm on Monday, 22 November.

For program details and instructions on how to apply, visit the Regional Arts Victoria website at www.rav.net.au.