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Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative 2021

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative today.

Large mirrored square sculpture in a grassy field with hills and trees in the background, a blond-haired woman in a brown jumpsuit walking towards it from the right. Writing say: Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative Now Open

2020, Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative recipient, Jasmine Mansbridge, 'The Thought Catcher' sculpture. Photo by Georgie Mann.

The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative seeks to support the continued work of Victoria’s independent creative practitioners who have been impacted by COVID-19 in 2021.

This is the second stream of the program, following an initial round of support offered in 2020.

Sustaining Creative Workers will deliver quick-response funding of:

  • Up to $5,000 for individuals, sole traders and freelancers; and,
  • Up to $10,000 for collectives, groups and micro-organisations/businesses (micro organisations/businesses are those that employ less than 5 Full Time Equivalent staff).
  • Plus, up to $2,500 in additional access funding is available for applications from Deaf and Disabled creatives, artists, arts workers, and disability-led organisations/businesses.

This grant program is for you! 20% of the grant funding will be for Deaf and Disabled artists, arts workers and creative!

There will be two rounds of funding

  • Round One Closes Tuesday, October 26 at 5 pm.
  • The week of Monday, November 15 you will be informed of the outcomes from round one.
  • Round Two Closes Monday, November 22 at 5 pm.
  • The week of Monday, December 13 you will be informed of the outcomes from round two.
  • Please note any applicant who does not receive funding in Round One will automatically be considered in Round Two.
  • Please note up to 25% of the total funding pool will be distributed through Round One and at least 75% of the total funding pool will be distributed through Round Two.

Learn more

Guidelines and more info are available on the Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) website.

Watch our information session for Deaf and Disabled creatives (Auslan interpreted and Closed  Captioned)

We can help you apply and auspice your grants!

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

Who is delivering the program?

The Sustaining Creative Workers program is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and administered by an industry advisory group comprising Creative Victoria, Arts Access Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Music Victoria, NETS Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Theatre Network Australia and Writers Victoria.