Program overview

The Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers initiative provides quick-response grants to individual creative practitioners as well as creative collectives and micro-organisations to help them through the challenges of the pandemic and plan for reactivation.

Quick-response grants of up to $5000 are available for creative practitioners, including sole traders and freelancers, and grants of up to $10,000 for creative collectives, micro-organisations and businesses (those with less than five full time equivalent staff).

Recipients can use their grant for activities such as but not limited to:

  • planning, adapting and relaunching work
  • research and professional development
  • products and/or skills development
  • exploration of new ways to engage audiences for existing or new work and/or
  • development/exploration of markets for your creative work.

Eligible applicants can work in any creative discipline, including those who support creative activity such as producers and technicians. They can be at any stage of their professional career or business. The program is open to applicants across the state.

Sustaining Creative Workers is administered by Regional Arts Victoria, working with an industry advisory group comprising Creative Victoria, Arts Access Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Music Victoria, NETS Victoria, Theatre Network Australia and Writers Victoria.

Program guidelines, including eligibility and how to apply are available on the Regional Arts Victoria website.