Creative Communities Grant Program

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

The Greater Geelong council has agreed to temporarily suspend its 2020-2021 Community Grants program, including the Creative Communities Grant Program and conduct a review, aiming to re-tailor the funding towards grants streams that will provide maximum support in the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Details of the revised 2020-2021 grants program will be shared once the review is complete and the council has approved any proposed changes to the distribution of funding.

The council also agreed to review applications for remaining funding for Round 2 2019-2020 community grants program, to assess which proposals could and could not go ahead in the current environment.

Recommendations for Round 2 2019-20 funding were endorsed at the council meeting of 26 May 2020.  A list of allocations can be viewed here

For further details regarding this decision, please refer to: Grants news and updates.

This site will be updated when new grant opportunities are announced.

For further information please contact our grants team on [email protected] or phone 03 5272 5272.

Please note that the grant information and guideline documents available on this page are for reference only as they relate to previous grant rounds. These documents will be updated once new grant opportunities are released.

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 (closed)

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)

Creative Communities - Professional Development stream *for individuals (closed)

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.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2020