Sustaining Creative Workers delivers quick-response funding to professional independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

It will support creatives, across all creative disciplines, to continue to work in their creative field, adapt to change, research and develop projects, develop their product or skills, and/or connect with new audiences or markets.

The program will be delivered state-wide and in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria.

Sustaining Creative Workers has four streams:

  • Stream 1: First Peoples creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses from across Victoria with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes.
  • Stream 2: Metro and Outer Metro Melbourne creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes.
  • Stream 3: Deaf and Disabled creatives/artists and arts workers or disability-led micro organisations/businesses from across Victoria.
  • Stream 4: Regional Victorian creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses (with the exception of the groups above) with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes. Note – applications for this stream must be submitted through Regional Arts Victoria.
    For Stream 4, applicant’s postcode must reflect their residence or location of the organisation/business in one of the 48 local government area classified as ‘regional’ by the

Victorian State Government. You can find a list of these local government areas here. Please contact Regional Arts Victoria if you are uncertain.
The initiative will support activities including (but are not limited to):

  • Planning and adaptation to the newly emerged environmental context
  • Research and development
  • Products and/or skills development
  • Exploration of new ways to engage audiences for existing or new work
  • Development/exploration of markets for your creative work

Key Dates:
Round 1
Open: 30 April 2020
Close: 1 June 2020 or until exhausted

Only one application is accepted per applicant over this period.

For terms and conditions and more information on this grant: https://bit.ly/3baEEc1

Guidelines can be found here: https://bit.ly/35vOO5D

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