Room to Create

Our 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, City of 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.

Room to Create Charitable Fund Strategic Grant - Applications Now Closed

The Room to Create Charitable Fund, established under the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, is one of the means for Council to directly support a valued sector by specifically assisting to create more affordable spaces.

Applications have now closed.

Organisations with joint Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status can apply for and up to $30,000. Refer to the 2019 Room to Create Strategic Fund Guidelines.

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 followed by another significant contribution in 2015 of $25,000 from Nelson Alexander through its Foundation Day.

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


Read all about our participating artists and their work in the March 2019 update

Help build the fund

Are you able to help us meet our $1 million dollar target?


Our generous donors 

  • Yarra City Council
  • Lord Mayors Charitable Fund
  • Meydan Group
  • Nelson Alexander Foundation
  • Timothy Bishop
  • Stuart McKenzie
  • Dr Jonathan Hartley
  • Susan Ball
  • Arch Staver
  • John Ballard
  • Milieu Property
  • Leigh Ellwood
  • John Wardle
  • Anonymous
  • Behnam Roohizadegan
  • Rob Murray-Leach
  • Kim Swinson
  • Mike Hoy
  • Phillip Vlahogiannis
  • Mark Free
  • Julie Raynor
  • Katya Johanson
  • Anonymous


Find out more about the artists who have been involved with the Room to Create Artist-in-Residency program. 

Responsive Grants Program

The Responsive Grants Program opened on 1 July 2019. 

The Room to Create Responsive Grant 201920 Guidelines provide further information about eligibility and assessment criteria for the 2019/2020 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.