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.

The Circle

The Circle is a new fundraising initiative that is designed to build the corpus of the Room to Create Fund whilst providing an immediate cash injection to three of Yarra’s beloved arts organisations - Cecil Street Studios, Seventh Gallery and Schoolhouse Studios. Go to Join The Circle to find out about how you can become a patron of the arts.

Responsive Grants Program

The Responsive Grants Program opened again 1 July 2017 and continues until 30 May 2018, or until expended. The Grants are for creative infrastructure projects that support the sustainability of Yarra’s creative organisations and industries into the future.