Apply for a Cardinia Arts Grant

The Cardinia Arts Grants provide financial assistance to local artists for initiatives that utilise, expand, and promote the arts within Cardinia Shire.

Council offers this grant opportunity to encourage local artists to connect their artistic practice with local communities in new ways.



The Cardinia Arts Grants aim to:

  • support new ideas and high-quality initiatives that contribute to the development and promotion of the local arts sector,
  • support the growth of creative enterprises and individual arts practice(s),
  • provide opportunities for the community to experience and participate in the arts, and
  • foster partnerships and collaborations between local artists, residents, and local community groups.

Artists and arts groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 for initiatives that utilise, expand, and promote the arts in Cardinia Shire. Applicants are required to contact one of Council’s arts project officers to discuss your project idea prior to submitting.

Grant applications for 2022 are currently closed, and will reopen in March 2023.

Selection criteria

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit (innovation, individuality, track record and/or proven ability);
  • Proposed project (outcome, approach, plan);
  • Relevance to community (ability to connect with locals and/or promote interest in the arts); and
  • Feasibility (budget, timeline, risk, scale).

Eligible applicants 

Applicants must: 

  • be an artist living within Cardinia Shire, aged 18 years or above;
  • be focused on growing arts and cultural engagement in Cardinia Shire;
  • have the time and ability to deliver the project successfully – including demonstrated experience, or proven ability, in a specific artform or artforms;
  • have a current Working with Children Check or acquire one prior to signing funding agreement with Council; and
  • provide public liability insurance to the value of $20 million.

Project criteria

Successful projects will:

  • demonstrate innovation in form and/or content;
  • demonstrate a need at this particular time for the proposed project; and
  • demonstrate connection with local communities either during the project development or for the project outcome.

Additionally, applicants/projects will need to:

  • be a feasible proposal and financially viable;
  • provide adequate project planning and risk management;
  • be well documented (e.g., an actual work or photos/video and artist statement) which is available at the completion of the project for Council to promote; and
  • align with Council’s arts and cultural policy objectives.

We will not fund: 

  • projects which require recurrent funding;
  • projects which receive funding from other Council grants/funding programs;
  • professional development for individual artists;
  • projects that require retrospective funding;
  • general administration costs, routine or cyclical maintenance;
  • cash prizes or commercial gifts; and
  • any proposals deemed not to comply with the overall intent of the program.

Five (5) grants of $5,000 (GST inclusive as applicable) will be provided on a one-off basis to each artist whose application is successful. Council may choose to give more than five grants depending on the funding amount requested by the selected applicants.

  • Please note that Council generally receives more applications for financial assistance than funds available, and therefore not all applications can be supported. Priority will be given to new projects, and applications from diverse communities are encouraged. Artists from all career stages are welcome to apply. At least one emerging artist will be selected to receive a grant* (pending eligible applicants meet the criteria).
  • Applicants are also welcome to demonstrate partnership with other artists e.g. local, interstate and/or international. Applicants are encouraged to utilise one of Cardinia Shire’s creative venues for all or part of their project (such as Cardinia Cultural Centre or Hills Hub).
  • Funding decisions are at the discretion of Cardinia Shire Council. Fulfilling the assessment criteria does not guarantee funding.

Applications for 2022 are currently closed, but stay tuned for the Cardinia Arts Grants program in 2023.

To discuss the Cardinia Arts Grants program, please contact our arts team at or phone 1300 787 624.

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