Applications Open for COVID-19 Arts, Culture and Heritage Recovery Grants Program

City of Greater Geelong
Last date: 
Monday, August 17, 2020

Detailed Description

The City of Greater Geelong is inviting applications for the COVID-19 Arts, Culture and Heritage Recovery Grants Program to support those working in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors who have been impacted adversely by COVID-19. This importantly includes supporting the continued ability to create art, which is fundamental to the viability of the arts sector.


Responding specifically to the COVID-19 isolation and recovery period, the objectives of these grants are:

  • to support individuals, sole traders, organizations and venues in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors to sustain and develop their professional arts practice and operations;
  • to support the creation of art; and/or
  • to enable arts programming that re-engages audiences post-isolation.

Funding Information

There is a total grant pool of $150,000 with individual grants being offered of up to $5,000 per application.

The following is a list of ideas and examples that will be considered for funding.

Suggested ideas that are suitable for applications include:

  • artist and professional fees
  • equipment and materials directly related to the artist, sole trader or organization use
  • research materials (books, subscriptions)
  • digital technologies
  • studio, workplace, and venue costs (up to $1000)
  • programming and production costs for commercial music and arts venues
  • residencies
  • subsidies for audience/participation fees (e.g. a voucher program for participation in art workshops)
  • organization/club member engagement activities
  • marketing and promotion
  • documentation
  • practice-related professional memberships and insurances.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must:

  • have their principal place of residence or operation within the Greater Geelong municipality.
  • be an individual, sole trader, or not for profit organization or commercial arts/music venue.
  • hold an ABN.
  • demonstrate evidence of dedicated professional practice or operations for a minimum of 12 months prior.
  • be able to demonstrate that their practice, organization, or business has been adversely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

The following will not be funded through this grants program:

  • land purchases.
  • purchases of office, shop, or warehouse furniture.
  • capital works, such as building works, major repairs, or major maintenance.
  • equipment requiring building permits or permissions for installation.
  • requests for retrospective purchases or projects.
  • costs of goods or services already ordered or purchased.
  • prizes, gifts, awards, or sponsorship costs.
  • projects or activities that occur outside the City of Greater Geelong municipality.


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