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Apply for an arts and culture grant

  • Artists and arts groups can apply for a grant of up to $2000 for initiatives that use, expand and promote the arts in Cardinia Shire.
  • Grants applications are now open and close on Monday 28 October 2019, 5pm
  • Please contact the Arts and Culture team before submitting an application, or come to an information or drop-in session. These sessions will help you plan, prepare and submit your application.

Eligible applicants 

Applicants must: 

  • be an artist living in or arts group based within Cardinia Shire
  • possess sufficient resources to contribute to and deliver the project
  • be focused on growing arts and cultural engagement in Cardinia Shire
  • have the people and resources to deliver the project – including suitably experienced artists/arts workers.

Project criteria

Successful projects will:

  • align with our arts and cultural policy objectives
  • utilise the arts (any medium) as the primary focus
  • have demonstrated local community and/or industry support
  • be a feasible proposal and financially viable
  • add value and promote growth in the artist or local arts/cultural sector and creative industry
  • provide adequate project planning and risk management
  • encourage community participation and accessibility
  • have some level of community outcome
  • commit to the utilisation of local artists, arts groups, and cultural services where possible.

Priority will be given to new projects. Projects that have been previously funded may be reconsidered after three or four years, providing there is a demonstrated change in membership of the group or change in the targeted audience.

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 or programs, which are the responsibility of Victorian or Australian governments
  • projects that require retrospective funding
  • initiatives that may have a significant negative impact on existing artists, arts / cultural groups, creative industry or similar initiatives
  • general administration costs, routine or cyclical maintenance
  • cash prizes or commercial gifts
  • any proposals deemed not to comply with the overall intent of the program.

Projects will be assessed by Council officers, with approval to be provided by the our CEO. The CEO’s determination will be the final decision on all funding grants and reserves the ultimate right of approval and refusal.

All Arts, Culture and Small Change Grants will be funded on a matched funding basis: $1 from Council and $1 from the applicant to a maximum grant of $2000. Grants will be provided on a one off basis.

In determining the final grant amount, the applicant’s matching contribution, including in-kind support, will be taken into account. In-kind support may include donations of goods, services and labour. Labour should be calculated on the basis of $33 per hour.

The total pool of funds for distribution is $6,000.

Successful applicants will be required to enter into an agreement with Council. This agreement will outline the conditions of the grant.

Successful applicants will be required to report to us on the outcomes of the project and acquittal of funds (that is, accounts for how the funds were spent).

Information session

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019
6pm to 7pm
Cardinia Cultural Centre, 40 Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham

Drop-in sessions

Wednesday 9 October 2019
6pm to 8pm
Cardinia Cultural Centre, 40 Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham

Wednesday 16 October 2019
6pm to 8pm
Cardinia Cultural Centre, 40 Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham

Apply online

Contact our Arts and Culture team on 1300 787 624 or