Creative Communities Grant Program

This was formerly known as the Community Arts Grant and Community Festival Grant Program. The program offers two main streams.

Applications for the main round closed Monday 13 August 2018. Please refer to the link on the right hand side of the page to see the list of successful applicants from this round.

For opening dates of Quick Response and Professional Development grants please see streams 3 and 4 below.

To be eligible, all applicants must attend a free information session. Please register online or contact us on 03 5272 4703 to discuss your proposal before attempting a submission.

  1. Creative Communities Festival Stream (Closed)

    The Community Festivals Grants Program supports community cultural festivals and events held in the Greater Geelong municipality.

    The Program aims to strengthen community festival activities across the municipality and in doing so, celebrate the diverse and unique communities within the City of Greater Geelong.

  2. Creative Communities Arts Project Stream (Closed)

    Do you have an Arts Project in need of funding? The program aims to support the initiation, development and delivery of quality arts, culture or heritage projects, enriching the cultural fabric of the Geelong region and maximising community participation in local arts activity.

    This stream includes suite of grants for arts projects initiated and managed by not-for-profit, incorporated organisations, a Biennial option is available for large projects that exceed the scope of a single year and one grant available to individuals for professional development.

How to apply (main round)

Applicants must read the grant guidelines and then discuss their application with our Arts and Culture Department before starting any online application form:

Two other grants are open outside the main round (subject to the availability of funds).

  1. Creative Communities - Quick Response stream (for groups only)

    Grants of up to $1,500 to support urgent arts, culture and heritage projects whose timelines prevent the applicant from applying within the major Creative Communities Arts and Festivals Grants Program application period. (conditions apply - see guidelines)

    Open: 1 October 2018
    Close: 14 May 2019

  2. Creative Communities - Professional Development stream (for individuals)

    Do you want to attend a Professional Development opportunity, but struggling to afford it?

    Grants of up to $1,000 are available to support selected professional and skill development. Conditions apply. Applicants must be a permanent resident of the Greater Geelong municipality and provide at least three arts industry letters of support for their participation.

    Open: 1 August 2018
    Close: 14 May 2019

How to apply

Applicants must read the grant guidelines and then discuss their application with our Arts and Culture Department before starting any online application form. Call 03 5272 4703. Then click the link below to apply.

Need to know more

If you have any questions about the Creative Communities grants program or would like to discuss your eligibility, please contact: Justyn Rowe by phone on 03 5272 4703 or email

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Page last updated: Tuesday, 11 December 2018