Supporting our creative community through COVID-19

Thursday 09 April 2020

Updated  Thursday 27 August 2020

Two grant programs have been developed to support Yarra’s creative community to adapt, create and develop during this period of physical isolation.

Artists, creative organisations and creative businesses have the opportunity to apply for a COVID-19 Creative Community Quick Response Grant.

COVID-19 Creative Business Quick Response Grants are currently paused for applications due to high demand.

Both grant programs will run until 30 June 2020 or until the pool is exhausted.

Creative Community Quick Response Grants

Applications for Round 1 and Round 2 have now closed.

Please note – Applications for Creative Community Grants have now been paused to give the community panel a chance to review the current requests. If there are funds remaining after the panel evaluation, the Grants will reopen.

The Creative Community Quick Response Grants are open to artists, musicians, performers, producers, community artists, not-for-profit arts organisations and community groups to create and present work. Individual artists can apply for up to $2,000 and organisations can apply for up to $5,000. The program pool is $125,000.

Creative Business Quick Response Grants

Please note – we've had an overwhelming response to the Creative Business COVID-19 Quick Response Grants, and have decided to pause the round now to avoid disappointment.

The Creative Business Quick Response Grants are designed for creative businesses, including live music venues, commercial galleries, rehearsal studios and sole-trader creatives. Businesses are eligible for up to $5,000 in funding. 

This grant is designed for creative businesses to respond, adapt and undertake development in the physical distancing climate. The program pool is $60,000.

Got a question?

For assistance or more information, email us at or call 9205 5555. 

Thumbnail image: Room to Create Artist-in-Residence Arini Byng in her Fitzroy studio. Photo: James Henry


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