Creative Communities Grant Program

The program offers two main streams, Community Arts Grants and Community Festivals Grants, and two minor streams that are available for limited times outside the main annual grant rounds.

How to apply

Potential 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.


General overview

Creative Communities - Arts Project grants (closed) 

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 (closed)

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.


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: 1 October 2019
Close: 17 April 2020 (subject to available funds)


Creative Communities - Professional Development stream *for individuals

Do you want to attend an arts, culture or heritage Professional Development opportunity, but are 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 (see guidelines below). 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 (subject to available funds)





Page last updated: Wednesday, 9 October 2019

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