Quick-response arts grants for creatives

Artists, take advantage of unexpected opportunities with support from our quick-response arts grants program. Whether you’re a slam poet or classical musician, we’d love to hear from you.

Cash grants of up to $4,000 are now available to artists, creatives and small-to-medium arts organisations. Applications will remain open until the funding pool is exhausted.

Artists from all disciplines, backgrounds and stages of career are eligible to apply. They can be located anywhere, but the project must be activated within the City of Melbourne municipality.

It’s easy to apply for a grant, and applications are assessed from the 20th of each month.

Councillor Rohan Leppert, Chair of the Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio, said last year’s pilot of the quick-response arts grants program funded theatre, music, animation, literary events and exhibitions.

‘The 2019 pilot saw high-demand for support, with more than 20 applications per month,’ Cr Leppert said.

‘Through this pilot we gained important feedback from our creative community about how vital quick-response grants are to ensuring Melburnians do not miss out on projects and events that help to enrich the city’s culture.

‘The City of Melbourne is committed to supporting our creative community and the quick-response arts grants have quickly become a vital part of our annual grants programs.

‘I’d encourage anyone with a last minute idea, project or event to contact the City of Melbourne and see if you’re eligible for a quick-response arts grant.’

Meet a grant recipient

Alison Bennett, an artist from Adelaide, received a quick-response arts grant last year to stage extra Melbourne performances of performance poetry theatre show, Floral Peroxide.

Through the show, Alison and her co-creator 5000AG aim to address issues of disability, access, inclusion and diversity.

Floral Peroxide was initially created by my realisation that spoken word performances were completely inaccessible to the deaf and hearing impaired community,’ Alison said.

‘Utilising sound artists and captions to demonstrate to the public that spoken word can be more than just that of the voice, I spark debate on how we, as a society, view physical and mental disability.

‘I reclaim the word “disability” to empower and recreate my own self-narrative.’

Are you ready to make your creative dream a reality? Find out more at Quick-response arts grants.