Room to Create

Yarra City Council’s Room to Create Program aims to keep the arts in Yarra by supporting eligible artists and arts organisations and fostering more affordable and sustainable creative spaces.


In comparison to surrounding municipalities, Yarra has the highest percentage of residents who identify themselves as creative practitioners. Yarra continues to be an engine room for the arts, with iconic live music venues, over 60 galleries and artist run spaces, dozens of formal and informal rehearsal spaces, many peak arts organisations, radio stations, film production houses, recording studios and more. However, the pressure of increased land prices and the diminishing availability of affordable warehouse-style spaces has forced many creative people out of Yarra, particularly young and emerging artists.

The Room to Create Fund

The Room to Create Fund is a charitable fund account in partnership with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. In 2013, Council committed $100,000 to establish the Room to Create Fund. The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation provided a further $100,000 to match Council’s commitment. Early in 2014 an additional donation of $30,000 was made by the Meydan Group.

Over time the Fund will grow and the interest will be offered as infrastructure grants to the creative sector.

To donate just click on the Donate now button and select the Room to Create campaign.

Responsive Grants Program

The Responsive Grants Program opened again 1 July 2017 and continues until 30 May 2018, or until expended.

The Room to Create Responsive Grant Guidelines 2017-2018 provide further information about eligibility and assessment criteria for the 2017/2018 Room to Create Responsive Grants and the application process. 

You can apply for a grant online.

Got a question?

For assistance or more information, you can ask us online, or contact Arts and Cultural Services on 9205 5089.