Creative Communities Grant Program

The program offers two main streams, Community Arts Grants and Community Festivals Grants.

Applications for 2019/20 opened on Friday 7 June 2019 and closed at 5.00 p.m. on Friday 2 August 2019.

All applicants must attend a free information session to be eligible.

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.

Creative Communities Arts Project Grants (closed) 

Grant Guidelines


Creative Communities Festival Grants (closed)

Grant Guidelines

General overview:

Creative Communities - Arts Project grants

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 (when rounds are open) for large projects that exceed the scope of a single year and one grant available to individuals for professional development.

Creative Communities - Festival grants

This 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.
Grants are available to groups (when round is open) seeking to develop small to moderate sized festivals which celebrate local or community identity, provide a diverse range of arts activities in accessible locations, and enrich the cultural life of the Geelong community.

Before you apply, it is important to be sure that your event meets our criteria as a 'Community Festival' as opposed to an arts project, major event or other type of gathering. See the Festivals guideline to check if you are eligible.

Two other grants are open outside the main round (subject to the availability of funds). You need to contact us on 03 5272 4703 to discuss your proposal to receive a link to the application form.

  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 main Creative Communities Grants round. (conditions apply - see guidelines)

    Open: 7 October 2019
    Close: 17 April 2020
  2. Creative Communities - Professional Development stream *for individuals

    Do you want to attend an arts, culture or heritage Professional Development opportunity, but struggling to afford it?

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

    Open: 7 October 2019
    Close: 17 April 2020

Page last updated: Monday, 5 August 2019