Organisations Investment Program

More than $500,000 is available to help arts and cultural organisations build their business capacity and enable them to deliver high-quality programs.

Organisations Investment Program



The Organisations Investment Program (OIP) offers four-year operational funding to small, medium and large organisations in the arts and cultural sector.

The program represents a major commitment by State Government to invest in the creativity, capability and continuity of the sector, and towards sustaining its competitive edge and leadership, nationally and internationally.



By investing in a portfolio of organisations, Organisations Investment Program (OIP) seeks outcomes that will benefit the arts and cultural sectors, are valued by communities and contribute to Victoria’s economic well-being. Overall, the Organisations Investment Program (OIP) seeks to achieve:

Arts and Cultural Sector Outcomes

  • Development and diversity of art form and cultural practice
  • Arts and cultural sector development and leadership
  • A mix of small, medium and large organisations and a mix of new and established organisations
  • Contribution to the creative and cultural profile of Victoria

Social and Community Outcomes

  • Increasing overall reach and depth of engagement
  • Geographic reach of activity
  • Diversity of audiences and participants

Economic Outcomes

  • Contribution to the Victorian economy
  • Financial growth and sustainability of the arts and cultural sector



From 2017 the program will operate on a four year funding cycle, either on a calendar or financial year basis according to the organisation’s own reporting:

  • Calendar year – from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2020. 
  • Financial year – from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2021

Funding for Creative Victoria arts and cultural programs is limited so it is important to ensure that the amount your organisation requests is realistic. If the request is a substantial increase on previous levels, or a large first-time ask, there needs to be strong rationale and supporting evidence in your application.

It is expected that organisations will leverage Creative Victoria funding or any increase in funding to secure or increase other sources of income.



Organisations must fulfill all of the following criteria to be eligible for the program. Both organisations currently funded under OIP and new entrants can apply.

  • Organisations must be non-government arts and cultural organisations that are not-for-profit
  • Organisations must have operated as a legally constituted entity for a minimum of two years, at 1 December 2015. Organisations that are first time applicants to the program may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their legal status.
  • Organisations must be based in Victoria
  • Organisations need to have a track record of presenting professional arts and cultural programs or providing quality sector services in Victoria for two consecutive years or more
  • Organisations need to have a formal governance structure, annual financial budgeting and reporting, and an annual operational or business plan.
  • The Organisation’s activities must primarily involve, benefit or employ artists, arts workers and cultural professionals, and benefit or develop an artform or cultural sector.

Local government authorities or their business units; academic and tertiary training institutions and or entities controlled or owned by tertiary institutions; and organisations whose primary focus is the delivery of competitions, awards or fundraising activities are not eligible under this program.

Organisations that have not satisfactorily acquitted previous Creative Victoria (or Arts Victoria) funding are also ineligible.



Applications close 12 April 2016.


Media Release

Arts and cultural organisations across Victoria will be able to apply for four-year grants from the Andrews Labor Government to build their business capacity and enable them to deliver high-quality programs.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced the next round of Creative Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program, which will offer a four-year investment from government from 2017-2020.

Funding from $60,000 per year is available not-for-profit, legally constituted organisations that deliver professional arts, cultural or sector development programs in Victoria.

It is a highly competitive program, and applicants need to demonstrate a significant track record in the delivery of programs and services that are of critical value to Victoria’s creative and cultural industries, as well as a commitment to grow, renew or sustain their operational capacity.

The 2017-2020 round of the Organisations Investment Program will open for applications in March 2016. For more information on how to apply, the full program guidelines, or to register for an information session, go to

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