What is the VicArts Grants?

The VicArts Grants is a program that invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s independent artists and arts companies. It provides one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria’s arts sector. The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to delivery of the arts that will build on Victoria’s position as a cultural leader.

 

Objective

The VicArts Grants program aims to develop a strong, innovative and diverse independent arts sector in Victoria. It does this by:

  • Supporting a broad range of independent artists and arts organisations.
  • Increasing the availability and accessibility of the arts to the Victorian public and to build audiences.
  • Supporting projects and programs in regional Victoria.
  • Supporting projects and programs that reflect the diversity of Aboriginal arts and cultural practices in Victoria.
  • Supporting projects and programs that reflect diverse communities in Victoria.
  • Supporting the interstate and international touring of Victorian artists and Victorian works.
  • Assisting artists and arts organisations in building the sustainability and financial viability of their professional practice and engaging in partnerships or collaborations with Victorian industries, organisations or communities.

The VicArts Grants program aims for the best use and a broad distribution of State Government funds across the Victorian arts sector to maximise the benefit for the Victorian community.

 

Funding

The VicArts Grants program now accepts applications for 2-year funding. In addition to the eligibility requirements above, please note:

  • The funding stream will provide 2 x years of continued annual support to a limited number of successful applicants.
  • Successful applicants will not be eligible for further support through the VicArts Grants program during the period of the 2-year grant.
  • Applications will be accepted for requests to be allocated across a 2-year period (e.g., applicants requesting support of $50,000 will receive $25,000 per year for 2 years).
  • Successful applicants will not be eligible to apply for successive 2-year grants.

Successful applicants will adequately demonstrate sustainability and need, along with the aims of the VicArts program by answering the two additional questions outlined in the 2-year application.

Applications will be accepted for requests between $5,000 and $60,000.

Applications for 2-year support can apply for up $60,000 yearly ($120,000 total)

Solo projects (i.e. one artist working alone) will be eligible to apply for up to $20,000.

Applicants will be expected to provide a level of detail in their written application, support material and budget (including levels of co-funding/financial contribution) appropriate to the grant request, and Creative Victoria will not support the entire financial cost of a project/program.

 

Eligible Projects

VicArts Grants will support a range of projects and programs for example:

  • Creative Development of new work, practice based research and experimentation.
  • Presentation of new work/s, productions, exhibitions, publications or curated programs and festivals.
  • Professional artists collaborating with Victorian Communities.
  • National and international residencies/presentations/touring and market development activity.

Applications for VicArts Grants can be for smaller scale, individual projects, through to larger projects or programs that extend over multiple years. Applications are encouraged from a wide range of art forms. These include, but are not limited to, visual arts, literature, dance, circus, cabaret, music, theatre, multidisciplinary and experimental work.

 

Eligible Applicants

The VicArts Grants program accepts applications from individuals and organisations including arts, non-arts, community and local government.

The primary focus of the VicArts Grants proposal must include Victorian-based individual professional arts practitioners (emerging to established) and/or Victorian-based professional arts ensembles and organisations AND an artistic project/program. Please note:

  • Creative Victoria will only accept one application per applicant (including under auspice) in each funding round.
  • Auspicing bodies may apply on behalf of multiple applicants.
  • State-owned cultural agencies and organisations receiving funding through Creative Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program are not eligible for funding through VicArts Grants (except where acting as an auspice body).
  • For the July 2018 funding round, applicants must choose between applying to either VicArts Grants or the Creator Fund.

The VicArts Grants program now accepts applications for 2 year funding. In addition to the eligibility requirements above, please note:

  • Applications will be accepted for requests to be allocated across a 2 year period (eg, applicants requesting support of $50,000 will receive $25,000 per year for 2 years).
  • Successful applicants will not be eligible for further support through the VicArts Grants program during the period of the 2 year grant.
  • Successful applicants will not be eligible to apply for successive 2 year grants.
  • The funding stream will provide 2 x years of continued annual support to a limited number of successful applicants.

 

Timing

Applications close 3 September 2020.

 

More Information

 

VicArts Latest Recipients

Abbotsford Convent Foundation, Abbotsford, $39,729: Development of Huru Hara, an immersive art installation exploring a diversity of South-East Asian arts practices and cultures, curated by Thomas Henning and Govin Ruben at the Abbotsford Convent as part of Asia TOPA in 2020.

Arts Access Victoria, Templestowe Lower, $18,320: Development and presentation of Little Brother, Big Sister, a new Australian play written by Michel Paul Tuomy examining what it is like to live with schizophrenia, as well as the carer-sibling relationship.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Joel Bray, West Footscray, $28,034: Second stage creative development of a contemporary dance-theatre work by artist Joel Bray exploring themes of colonisation, sex, consent and queerness.

Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Katrina Cornwell, Brunswick East, $19,999: Creative development and presentation of Everyone Is Famous, a contemporary theatre piece about living in the age of social media. Created