Applications now open for City of Stonnington Arts and Cultural Grants

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Brooke Boland

Five grant types on offer across the visual and performing arts, covering venue hire costs and providing over $20,000 for individual projects.
Applications now open for City of Stonnington Arts and Cultural Grants

Australian Tap Dance Festival. Image supplied.

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The City of Stonnington has established itself as a creative municipality. Not only does it offer a range of arts and culture grants for projects; Council also runs local events and workshops for artists and creatives.

‘The City of Stonnington is proud to be one of the key supporters of the visual and performing arts,’ said Cr Steve Stefanopoulos, City of Stonnington Mayor.  

‘I think it is important that local government steps in and helps those artists who don’t get support from other levels of government and perhaps miss out on other funding opportunities from philanthropic trusts or the like.’

Arts and Cultural Grants 2019: Applications now open

In 2019 the City of Stonnington continues to support artistic talent and a vibrant creative community through the Arts and Cultural Grants program.

The grants provide one-off support to organisations, individuals and community groups wishing to present high quality art-based projects that reflect the diverse communities of Stonnington.

‘I’m hoping the applicants will bring something that is creative and innovative and might not have necessarily been done before. We’re really looking for applications that highlight the visual and performing arts in a different and creative way, and that engage young people and also those who are more isolated in the community – people who probably live on their own, older people, adults who don’t always get out as much,’ said Cr Stefanopoulos. 

Previous successful applicants include Melbourne Cabaret Limited, who used the funding to present the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. The grants program has also supported individual projects including the immersive dance work Alone Together by Clare Dyson and Lyric Opera’s Directors Workshop.

There are five grant categories on offer across multiple disciplines. The City of Stonnington is interested in projects in cabaret, circus, dance, live art, music, physical theatre, theatre, visual art, interdisciplinary and arts festivals.

'We are always open to any new and innovative ideas,’ said Cr Stefanopoulos.

‘It would be great to get more kids involved, especially in the performing arts. That would be wonderful,’ he added. 

There are five different grant types on offer:

  • triennial,
  • over $20,000
  • up to $20,000 
  • Chapel Off Chapel venue hire in-kind, and 
  • venue hire in-kind.

Grants are available to artists from across Australia, but the project must be delivered within the City of Stonnington.

To find out more read the guidelines at stonnington.vic.gov.au/artsandculturalgrants

About the author

Brooke Boland is a Melbourne-based freelance writer.