Quick-response arts grants for local creatives

Get fast, flexible funding to make your next creative project a reality through our Quick response arts grants. Applications close on Tuesday 13 April.

Funding is available to artists and small-to-medium arts organisations across all disciplines, and to people of all backgrounds and abilities. Whether your project is in development, in-person or online, we want to hear from you.

Need inspiration? Last year we awarded quick response arts grants to help people continue creating during COVID-19, including performances, visual arts, writing and publishing.

Here are some highlights to bring a smile to your day, whatever your age or interest.


Hate porridge but love stories? Join Goldilocks as you’ve never heard her before, now re-cast as a prickly anti-porridge activist, in the first episode of the StoryKids podcast. Child authors create stories and cheeky new takes on original classics which are then brought to life by renowned Melbourne performers such as Lucy Durack. To listen, search for StoryKids on Apple Music or Spotify.


Costume designers rarely share the spotlight with actors, so the short documentary The Art of Making Art finally gives them their due. These interviews shed light on the creative team behind the Watch This company, which stages the musical theatre works of Stephen Sondheim. Five designers share their experiences working magic with filmy fabrics and sheriff’s badges.

Immerse yourself

Jarra Steel uses 3D Augmented Reality to find new ways of creating interactive public art. In Possum Spirits anyone can use their device to see colourful digital characters hover against a city skyline as Steel reclaims and celebrates her Boonwurrung culture by blending contemporary and traditional imagery.

Shake your tail feathers

This spirited support for people living with Parkinson’s brings a dance sensibility to exercise. The Dance for Parkinson’s online class is backed by music ranging from jaunty to soothing. The three presenters have a good-humoured and safety-first approach to encouraging viewers to stretch, move and dance while seated or standing.


Brief but affecting, Angela Costi’s ‘videopoem’ Kinaesthetic Grace is a tribute to her mother’s Cypriot-Greek heritage and her life of hard work. As one of so many migrants who made their lives in Melbourne, she holds in her ‘lined and stained hands’ the stories of many women in factories bending over sewing machines. The poet lends grace to those stained hands through her choice of words, images and music.


Design an Exquisite Corpse creature or press the irresistible ‘Touch to Rock’ icon on Playable Web. This interactive website by Playable Streets features funky design elements inviting children to explore their creativity and share music and drawing with others.

To find out more, visit the COVID-19 Arts grants showcase or apply now to the latest round of our Quick response arts grants.