City of Melbourne

Arts grants

What creative work would you develop or present with the support of an arts grant? Whether you compose, paint, sculpt, dance, write, perform, film or produce work unlike anything else, grants of up to $20,000 are available to make your 2021 project happen.

Grants are available to artists, creatives and small to medium arts organisations from all backgrounds and abilities in three categories:

  • arts projects
  • Aboriginal arts projects
  • arts residencies.

Support will be considered for one-off projects, a specific component of an annual program or a creative development, resulting in a public outcome within the City of Melbourne boundaries in 2021. 

Projects presented online and creative developments without a public outcome will also be eligible if they can demonstrate a connection to the City of Melbourne.

Applications open 1 September and close 28 September.

Guidelines and application forms

For full details about the 2021 annual arts grants, including the assessment criteria and other necessary information, please read the guidelines prior to submission.

We’re committed to investing in the arts to foster the vibrant creative life of the city. Read more about the City of Melbourne objectives and priorities for A Creative City in Council Plan 2017-21Creative Strategy 2018-28 and Creative Funding Framework 2019-24.

All applications are assessed by an independent external panel.

Questions? Chat with us weekdays 9am to 5pm on 9658 9658, email or check out the FAQS below.

Applications close
28 Sep 2020
Amount Upon Application
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander arts
Arts organisation
Experimental arts
Performing Arts
Public art
Visual arts
Writing & Publishing
Grant Type
Community Partnership
New work
Presentation & Promotion
Skills development
Applicant Type
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