Funding Opportunities

Regional Arts Victoria offers funding opportunities for artists, arts organisations and presenters of arts projects throughout the state. 

Funded projects stimulate creative activity for regional audiences, and creative development for regional artists. Targeted support is often available for creative recovery and other strategic initiatives to support communities when and where it’s needed most.


Grants available:

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Regional Arts Fund – Project Grants

Grants up to $30,000 for high-quality arts projects.
Round opens 6 February 2023

Regional Arts Fund – Quick Response Grants

Grants up to $3,000 for individuals and $5,000 for organisations.
Monthly rounds open 1 February 2023

Ballarat Creative Inspiration Grant

A quick response fund that offers small grants to artists and arts groups to support their practice or to kick start an idea.
Round opens 1 February 2023


Support:

We offer dedicated, high-quality support to grant applicants through our regionally located Managers and Grants Manager.

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Support Material is just as important as the application itself. Ensure you give yourself time to gather support letters from project supporters or partners as well as evidence of your previous work. Don’t forget to update your CV!
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It shows the assessors the big picture of your project and how you see it working. Remember to include all costs, (expenditure) of the project and any income associated with your project. 
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Beyond being friendly folks, we can give you advice about eligibility and structure, and with enough time, we may even be able to read a draft of your application before you submit. 
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This is the first step in making sure your project fits the fund. Read them carefully, then talk to us for clarity afterwards.
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Explain your project to a friend and if they don’t get it, it’s likely the assessors won’t either. Revise and try again.
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The assessors want to be as excited and inspired by your idea as you are, but they don’t need literary masterpieces, and may not be familiar with the jargon of your artform. Keep it succinct.
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Make sure you’re clear about the relevance of your project at this time, and for your community or practice. 
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Some grant programs may allow opportunities for feedback by appointment. Sometimes it can feel hard to hear but it’s a big part of learning how to improve your applications.
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Plan your project well before you write the application, then find the grant that fits your needs. Try not to change your project to fit a grant program.
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This is a chance to show the assessors that your project is well planned and viable. A good timeline shows how your project will evolve and will achieve its outcomes.

Our Regional Arts Fund advisors are located across the state. You are able to discuss your project by making a booking.

Malcolm Sanders is the Senior Manager of Regional Partnerships. Mal has a background in theatre and youth arts education and has worked in the small to medium arts sector in Melbourne and Geelong for nearly 20 years. Mal has a broad experience in governance, arts management, and planning. Malcolm currently lives on Wadawurrung country in Central Victoria. 
Advising applicants in Ballarat, Macedon Ranges, Ararat, Central Goldfields, Golden Plains, Mt Alexander, Pyrenees, Hepburn, and Mooroobool Shires.

Jo Grant is the Manager of the South West and her work supports the South West Creative Industries Strategy. She is a strong advocate for recognition of arts across the region and works with community, and alongside all tiers of government, to broker support and provide advice, opportunities and skills development for artists and organisations. Jo has a Master of Visual arts and a background in tertiary teaching and project management. Jo lives and works on Peek Whurrong Country in the Gunditjmara nation.
Advising applicants in Great South Coast partnership shires as well as Northern Grampians, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe and Colac Otway Shires.

Loraine Little is an experienced arts manager with a strong regional community arts development focus. She’s previously worked at the Victorian College of the Arts, St Martins Youth Arts and Next Wave. Loraine lives on Dja Dja Wurrung country and works on Wemba Wemba / Wadi Wadi country in North West Victoria.
Advising applicants in Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Loddon, Horsham, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera, Buloke, Yarriambiack, Bendigo, Campaspe and Mildura Shires.

Tim Dakin has a BA in Performance studies and 30 years working in community development and the arts having worked with young people, Disabled artists, and mental health initiatives. Tim lives and works on Gunai Kurnai Country in Gippsland.
Advising applicants in Wellington, East Gippsland, Latrobe, Baw Baw, South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires.

Kellie Sutherland has dedicated herself to various roles within the creative industries. Primarily, as a founding member and creative co-director of maverick musical group Architecture in Helsinki, and more recently as an arts worker in arts communication and cultural partnerships roles in the North East and Border region. With a strong understanding of community-led activities and engagement and Creative Recovery practices, Kellie is passionate about inspiring, connecting and thriving creatively.
Advising Regional Arts Fund applicants in Apline, Indigo, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

Contact a funding Advisor

Please note – Advisors are available to discuss Regional Arts Fund Project Grants and Quick Response Grants ONLY. They will be available from 6 February 2023

You may book a time to talk to an advisor who is servicing your area, however ff your region is not listed under an advisor’s name, any of our advisors are happy to take your call, please select one based on availability.

The CEO of Regional Arts Victoria, appoints peer assessors for various grants programs. In selecting peer assessors to make up a panel, we seek a range of art form practice, location and lived experience to ensure diversity. Regional Arts Victoria thanks all peer assessors for their time and commitment upholding integrity, transparency and confidentiality of the assessment process.

This list includes NAME and ARTFORM:

Akhila Fernando | Visual arts

Alyce Fisher | Community creative practice

Bethany Thornber | Visual arts

Christy Flaws | Circus

Claire Taylor | Community creative practice

Crystal Stubbs | Visual arts

Dave Jones | Screen and digital games

Eliza Hull | Music

Erin M McCuskey | Film

Gareth Hart | Multidisciplinary and experimental work

Georgia MacGuire | Visual Arts

Görkem (Gerkam) Acaroğlu | Community creative practice

Greg Pritchard | Theatre, writing

Hyra Usman | Fashion

Ian Tully | Multidisciplinary and experimental work

Irene Pagram | Textiles/fashion

Janet Bromley | Visual arts

Jillian Pearce | Festivals

Jody Miller | Design

Lindy Allen | Music  

Micaela Schmidt | Theatre

Pantjiti Lawrence | Music

Richard Hull | Circus

Richard Pritchard | Screen and digital games

Rob Robson | Theatre

Robyn Black | Literature

Shonae Hobson | Visual arts

Susie Lyons | Theatre

Tiffany Ward | Peforming Arts

Tom Molyneux | Theatre

Troy Firebrace | Visual arts

Wilson Blackley | Music  

Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn | Literature

If you are developing a creative project that just doesn’t quite fit into the Regional Arts Fund guidelines, there may be other funding opportunities available to you.

Here is a brief list of some grant programs that may interest you. This list is not definitive, as there are many sources of government and philanthropic funding out there.

Before you start searching

Before you start your desktop research on funding, it’s important to break down your project and consider where the needs for funding sit. For example, are you working on a festival and require funds to pay for acts? Do you have a great community project in mind but need materials and payment of artist’s fees? Does your project encompass community health, is it educational, or will you bring an artist into your community to work œin residence?  If you truly understand your project and why it is being created, you will be better placed to find funds that you will be able to direct to the appropriate area of your project.

Regional Development Victoria

Regional Development Victoria have a variety of grants that help to facilitate investment, create jobs and build regional communities.

For details go to http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/grants-and-programs-search

Australia Council

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. A search of their grants will provide you with guidelines regarding funding for both individuals and groups with a variety of grants available to support  fellowships, career development, touring, leadership and more.

For details go to http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/

Creative Victoria

Creative Victoria provides direct support to Victoria’s arts sector through a range of funding programs.

Together, these programs are designed to stimulate high quality, diverse arts activity across the state; strengthen Victoria’s reputation as a centre for artistic excellence and creativity; and ensure that all Victorians have opportunities to participate in and enjoy the arts.

Go to https://creative.vic.gov.au/funding-and-support

VicHealth

VicHealth adds strength to other organisations working in health promotion through the provision of funding and other resources.

For details go to https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding

FRRR

The Foundation for Regional & Rural Renewal (FRRR) have a variety of grants open at different times throughout the year to support communities to achieve social and economic aims.

For a grants calendar and further details go to https://www.frrr.org.au/grant_calendar.php

APRA AMCOS

APRA AMCOS covers the rights and uses of music, for both local and international songs, for the benefit of music creators and music customers. APRA AMCOS deliver funds to hundreds of initiatives across Australia and New Zealand.

For grants go to http://apraamcos.com.au/about-us/supporting-the-music-industry/music-grants/

NAVA

The National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA) offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual artists, craft and design practitioners.

For opportunities go to Opportunities :: NAVA (visualarts.net.au)

VicScrehttps://vicscreen.vic.gov.au/en

VicScreen works in partnership with film, television and games practitioners and industries to foster innovation and excellence in projects and people, encourage audience engagement, and promote our unique and diverse state as a filming destination. Film Victoria fund numerous programs in relation to the film industry.

For details of funding opportunities go to VicScreen — All Screens On

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