Creative Communities Grant Program

Formerly known as the Community Arts Grant and Community Festival Grant Program this program offers two main streams.

Please note: The main round of the Creative Communities Program has closed for applications for 2017. However two small programs are currently open - see details below.

Community Festivals 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.

Dates for the next main round will be updated on this site in 2018.

Community Arts Stream
The program aims to support the initiation, development and delivery of quality arts 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 and one grant available to individuals.

Main round Closed – Dates for next main round will be updated on this site in 2018.

Two great grants are open now:

  1. Creative Communities - Quick Response Grant
    Do you have an Arts Project in need of urgent funding?
    Grants of up to $1,500 to support ‘urgent’ arts projects that were not eligible for application during the major grants round
  2. Creative Communities Professional Development Grants
    Do you want to attend Professional Development training but can’t afford to?
    Grants of up to $1,000 to support selected professional and skill development activities for individuals only. Applicants must be a permanent resident of the Greater Geelong municipality and the provision of three arts industry references is mandatory.

How to apply

Applicants must read the grant guidelines and discuss their application with our Arts and Culture department before submitting any application. After discussing your project and eligibility with us, a link to the Online form will be sent directly to you.

Round opens: 1 December 2017
Round closes: 15 May 2018
(subject to availability of funds)

Need to know more...

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

Page last updated: Thursday, 1 March 2018