$200,000 arts grants open to creatives in music, theatre, literature, games, design and fashion

Victorian micro-creative organizations with 10 or fewer employees can apply for new arts grants of up to $200,000 to fuel their creative ideas.

The Victorian government offers micro-organizations and creative collectives the opportunity to apply for a stable funding base over two years with its new Creative Ventures Programaiming to support the generation of new work, creative content and career opportunities.

Eligible entities can request up to $200,000. Focused on organizations with 10 or fewer full-time employees, the program is open to those working in creative industries including visual arts and crafts, theater and performance, literature, music, screen , digital games, design and fashion. Funding can be used both inside and outside the creative industries to build sustainable professional practices, develop new markets, increase audience engagement, collaborate with others, and create and present new work.

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The Creative Ventures Program will prioritize applications from entities led by or focused on First Peoples creatives, Deaf or disabled creatives, culturally and linguistically diverse or regionally diverse, and other underrepresented groups.

An initiative of the Labor government Creative State 2025 strategy, the program already invests in a wide range of small, high-impact creative organizations across the state. Beneficiaries of the first round of the program announced earlier this year include Circus group led by First Peoples Na Djinang Circus, fashion brand Gambin Son, Liminal – a literary Platform who celebrates Asian-Australian writers – and Warrnambool included music organization Collective Find your voice.

“We’re supporting local creative organizations with the funding they need to thrive, stimulating the amazing work and experiences that Victorians love and which bolsters our reputation as a creative state,” said Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson .

“Small creative entities can still pack a punch and we’re supporting them to innovate, grow and make their mark locally, nationally and globally.”

Applications for the second round of the Creative Ventures program closing July 21. For more information or to apply, visitthere creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support.

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