Creative Projects Fund | Creative Victoria

The Creative Projects Fund aims to support professional artists, creative practitioners, groups/collectives and creative micro and small organizations with short-term funding to develop and/or initiate work that defines and represents the cultural identity of Victoria and innovate.

Applications are encouraged from a wide range of creative disciplines from across the industry, including but not limited to screen, digital games, design, visual arts/crafts, literature, dance/physical performance, circus, cabaret, music, sound art, theatre, multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaborations.

This program has three components:

  • First Peoples creations section – Entries led by Victorian First Peoples creators will be assessed in accordance with Indigenous Self-Determination by a First Peoples Judging Committee
  • Deaf and Disabled Creations Stream – Entries led by Deaf and Disabled Victorian creatives may choose to be assessed by an assessment committee made up of creative industry peers with lived experience of deafness and disability, or by specific creative industry peers depending on of the chosen creative discipline
  • General component – All other applications will be assessed by specific creative industry peers based on the chosen creative discipline

On this page and the program documents:

  • The term First Peoples is used to refer to the Traditional Owners of Victoria and all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples residing in that state.
  • The term Deaf and handicapped people will be used. A lived experience of disability can be visible or invisible, including physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, developmental, mental and/or neurodiversity. We recognize and support the right of the Deaf community to label their experience of cultural and linguistic difference. We recognize the diversity within Deaf and disabled communities and that the terminology and language used is evolving.
  • Acronym CALDS is used and includes people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including, but not limited to, people born abroad, people with one or both parents born abroad, and people who speak a language other than English at home.
  • The term Regional refers to the 48 Local Government Areas of Victoria classified as regional by the Victorian State Government.
  • The term creative practitioners refers to people who develop, produce and present works in the fields of visual, performing, literary, multidisciplinary and new media arts, screen, design, fashion, broadcasting and entertainment. recording, publishing, architecture and the heritage and collections sector. Creative practice can be commercially-focused, in a not-for-profit and/or community context. A creative professional may not earn a regular income from their practice, but they are recognized by their peers, committed to devoting significant time to creative pursuits, and/or have a history of public presentation.
  • Collectives refers to a collection or group of creative professionals working together.
  • Micro to small creative organizations/enterprises are defined for the purposes of this program as organizations within the creative industries with up to 10 full-time equivalents.

Please note: We understand that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created uncertainty regarding future planning, travel and gatherings. When proposing activities, you should consider COVIDSafe practices and consider contingencies while feeling free to present your creative ideas/activities.


Financing available

Applications will be accepted for applications for $5,000at $20,000 .

Access costs

  • All candidates are encouraged to include access costs in their project budgets that make activities accessible to deaf and disabled audiences (eg Auslan, captioning, audio description, material in other formats).
  • Deaf and disabled applicants apply for the Deaf and Disabled Creative Stream, may request general project costs, plus up to $3,000 to cover any additional specific access costs that will help remove barriers for creators/artistic workers involved in the project. These additional funds can only be used for the costs of access initiatives and cannot be reallocated to general project costs.



Who can apply

This program accepts applications from individuals and collectives/groups and micro to small organizations that meet Creative Victoria’s general eligibility.

The primary focus of the proposal must include professional Victorian artists, creative practitioners, collectives, groups or organizations that meet Creative Victoria’s general eligibility. AND a creative project that meets the objectives of the program. The program will be open to Victoria-based professionals:

  • Independent artists and creative practitioners
  • Collectives and creative groups
  • Micro to small creative organizations/enterprises

Please note:

  • Creative Victoria will only accept one application per candidate (including as part of a collective or under the aegis) in each financing round. Auspice organizations may apply on behalf of multiple applicants.
  • The demand for support from Creative Victoria is high. Applicants should not assume that they will be successful or make/abandon commitments based on this assumption until they have received official notification of the outcome of their application.
  • Groups of individuals who come together as a collective must be legally constituted or designate either an individual or a auspicious body to apply and take legal and financial responsibility for the grant if successful.
  • All applicants must have an active ABN. If you do not have an ABN, you can apply for an ABN online or apply for the grant through a charity with an ABN.
  • Unincorporated associations will either need to apply under the auspices or have an individual apply on behalf of the group.
  • Successful candidates should not assume that if they succeed once, they will succeed again in the future. Applicants should consider how they will use the funding to ensure their sustainability beyond the funded period.


Register to attend the information session

Creative Victoria staff will be hosting online information sessions for the Creative Projects Fund.

  • General stream, Tuesday, July 26, 6:00-6:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. Please complete the registration form to receive a link to the event.
  • First Peoples Stream, Wednesday, July 27, 6:00-6:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. Here is a link to the event.

Staff will outline the goals and priorities of the Creative Projects Fund and explain the application process. There will also be time for questions. Please send questions to [email protected]

You can join through your browser or on the Teams app.

These events will be live captioned and interpreted by Auslan.


Key dates

Round Opening: Open NOW

The round ends:
General and First Peoples streams: 3 p.m., Thursday, August 11, 2022
Stream of deaf and disabled creations: 3 p.m.,Thursday, August 18, 2022

For activities starting from January 1, 2023.

It takes approximately 10 weeks from the closing dates until the results of the funding are available.


Applications open

General information on how to access the grants portal, including how to register and portal FAQs, can be found here.

You will need to determine which stream you are applying to.

If you would like to work on DRAFTS or view your SAVED APPLICATIONS, please click here to return to the grants portal


Links and downloads




Who to tell

If you need help with the application process or would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments to make the process more accessible, please speak to the following program staff:



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