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Introducing Accelerate, a new grants program for Victorian Deaf and Disabled artists.

This program is a pilot study in creating accessible funding programs for Deaf and Disabled artists. We want to drive change for future funding programs.

Two islands protrude from a bright blue sea, next to a vivid yellow beach. On the beach, a figure rests under an umbrella. The painting uses strong, expressive brushstrokes.

Greg Muir, Relaxing by the sea, under the umbrella, 2020.

Accelerate is now closed. 

With the support from Creative Victoria, we are creating a new grants program for Deaf and Disabled Artists, Creatives and Arts Workers in Victoria.

On this page you will find:

Funding Streams

There are two funding streams in Accelerate:

  • Nurture are grants of $5,000 (plus $2,500 access costs) for artists
  • Create grants are now closed.

Please note Accelerate funding can not be used for retrospective funding.

Who can apply

Accelerate is open to:

  • Victorian-based Deaf and Disabled artists
  • 18 years and older
  • Individual artists or disability-led collectives (Create only) (see FAQs)
  • Artists working in any artform
  • Artists who are not core employees of Arts Access Victoria or Creative Victoria

Key dates

There will be three rounds of funding applications.

Application opens: Wednesday 29 September 2021, Midday
Round one is closed.
Round two is closed. 
Round three closed.

How to Apply

You can apply via our website or application as a Word Document in Links and downloads.

We accept applications in a range of formats. You can submit a written, video or audio application. You can also schedule a phone or video chat with AAV. In this chat we will ask you the application questions, which we will record and give to the assessment panel. Access support workers to assist you are welcome. AAV can provide Auslan or other services for the application process too. Send your application or request for application chat to or phone 03 9699 8299/ 0477 860 955 (text or voice). You will receive an email receipt of application. If you do not receive a receipt of your application by the end of Tuesday 8 February, please contact us.

Links and downloads

Information and Question and Answer session


Accelerate Nurture is now closed.

Accelerate Create is now closed. 

Applications will be assessed by an external panel of three independent artists representing a range of artform knowledge and lived experience.

For both programs, first-time applicants or people who have not received significant funding recently will be prioritized.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no more than 3 weeks after the deadline. We can provide feedback on unsuccessful applications, which you may find useful if you are applying to other funding programs.

Contact information

Need help or would like to talk with someone?

Contact Ayse via phone 03 9699 8299 (voice only), 0477 860 955 (text or voice), email or send us a message on our Contact us page.

Accelerate Streams and Access Costs


Nurture funding aims to support you for a short period of time to undertake whatever you need to continue, or begin, working as a professional artist. It is for individual artists only.

The Funding can be used for:

  • Artist fees – this should include paying yourself so you can sustain yourself and employing others
  • Project costs (for an exhibition, performance, screen-based work, recording, residency or any presentation of an artwork)
  • Purchasing equipment for you or your practice
  • Purchasing software
  • Attending training or professional development opportunities and paying yourself to attend
  • Paying a mentor or other creative or artistic collaborator
  • Materials for your work
  • Paying studio rent or rehearsal room hire
  • Sustaining yourself – we are imagining that you are more likely to make art if your living costs are taken care of – paying rent, buying food, paying bills

This grant provides funding for 2 months.

Access costs

Access costs can be used for whatever you need to make your project/funding time accessible for you. This may include;

  • Access support workers
  • Admin support
  • Assistance animal resources
  • Assistive Listening
  • Audio description services
  • Auslan
  • Braille
  • Captioning (open/closed)
  • Comfort items
  • Digital software or technical support
  • Easy Read Transcribing
  • Ergonomic equipment
  • Hiring or purchasing access aids and equipment
  • Mental health counselling or support
  • Sensory supports
  • Therapy

These are just some examples of access costs. Please do not limit what you spend your access costs to these examples, as access is individual to you.