The 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Community Arts Grants Program

2009 Anniversary Bushfire Community Arts Grants Program

What are the Community Arts Grants?

The Victorian Government Community Arts Grants program will provide funding for creative arts projects that reflect the experiences of local communities directly affected by the 2009 bushfires.

Regional Arts Victoria will administer funding for communities and individuals from the 21 local government areas directly affected. 

Applications are now closed.

What will be funded?

Community led, creative projects which reflect the experience of local communities impacted by the 2009 bushfires and will occur in one of the local government areas eligible for funding.

Who can apply?

The Community Arts Grants program accepts applications from individuals, community organisations, and incorporated not-for-profit organisations including arts, non-arts, community and local government.
Applicants must reside in one of the 21 local government areas directly affected by the 2009 Bushfires. The 21 impacted local government areas are as follows: 

  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • City of Casey
  • Corangamite Shire
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Latrobe City Council
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Shire of South Gippsland
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • Rural City of Wangaratta
  • Wellington Shire Council
  • Whittlesea Council
  • Yarra Ranges Council

Any individual or organisation directly affected by the 2009 bushfires who resides outside of the nominated local government areas may be eligible if their project outcome occurs within, or directly benefits, one or more of the areas. Applicants in this instance must contact the Grants Project Manager prior to commencing an application.

Groups and organisations must either be legally incorporated and have an ABN or have an auspice organisation manage their grant.

Individual applicants must have an ABN or have an auspice organisation manage their grant.
Individuals who are under 18 at the time of applying must have an auspice organisation manage their grant.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed.

Applicants are expected to work closely with Regional Arts Victoria’s Grants Project Manager, Amanda Gibson for guidance and support in developing their application.   

Amanda Gibson
0431 795 099 

It is vital that you read the Anniversary of the 2009 Bushfires Community Arts Grants Program Guidelines prior to starting your application.

For a standard PDF version, please click here.

For accessible word version, please click here.

If you require further assistance accessing the Guidelines please contact us on 03 9644 1800 or email


Image courtesy of the State Government of Victoria.