Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative


Please note this grant program is now closed.

Regional Arts Victoria
 is proud to be working with Creative Victoria and industry partners to deliver the Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.

Sustaining Creative Workers supports the continued work of Victoria’s independent creative practitioners who have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2021. It is open to applicants in all parts of the state, working in all creative disciplines and at all stages of their creative career. This is the second iteration of the program, following an initial round of support in 2020.

Sustaining Creative Workers offers quick-response funding for independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic. This includes practitioners and organisations who work in support roles for creative activities, such as producers and technicians.

The following funding amounts are available through Sustaining Creative Workers:

  • Up to $5,000 for individuals, sole traders and freelancers; and,
  • Up to $10,000 for collectives, groups and micro-organisations/businesses (micro organisations/businesses are those that employ less than 5 Full Time Equivalent staff).

Up to $2,500 in additional access funding is available for applications from Deaf and Disabled creatives, artists, arts workers, and disability-led organisations/businesses.

Sustaining Creative Workers is funded by the Victorian Government and administered by an industry advisory group comprising Creative Victoria, Arts Access Victoria, Ausdance Vic, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Music Victoria, NETS Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Theatre Network Australia and Writers Victoria.

Two rounds will be assessed during the program open period:

  • Round One: closes 5pm Tuesday October 26. Applicants who submit before this date will be assessed in Round One and successful applicants will be advised of outcomes in the week commencing Monday November 15. Any applicant who does not receive funding in Round One will automatically be considered in Round Two.
  • Round Two: closes 5pm Monday November 22. Applicants who submit to Round Two and all other applicants from Round One will be advised of outcomes in the week commencing Monday December 13.

Please note: if you are a First Peoples creative practitioner who received a Sustaining Creative Workers grant in 2020, there is a dedicated funding stream to support you. Please contact us at if you have not already been contacted.

Amongst other standards, this program has set a benchmark for 20% of all funding to reach regional Victorian artists and organisations. Regional Arts Victoria strongly encourages regional practitioners to apply.

Read the guidelines

Read the frequently asked questions

Attend an information session.
Please note that these sessions will have an Auslan Interpreter present.

Watch the information session held on 19 October here:

Contact a funding Advisor
Advisors are available across the State to help you with your application. To book a time to talk to an Advisor, please click here.

Please note these sessions are only available for new Round 2 Applicants. Please do not schedule a time if you have already submitted an application as places are limited.

Some of the project partner organisations are also available for specialist advice in their respective fields. Click on the links below to book a time or contact them:

You can read more about some of our Advisors here.

If you require accessibility assistance that is not provided by Arts Access Victoria please send your request via to be contacted by an Advisor.

This round closed at 5 pm, Monday 22 November 2021.

Image credit: 2020, Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative recipient, Jasmine Mansbridge, 'The Thought Catcher' sculpture. Photo by Georgie Mann.

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