Grants & Support Initiatives

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN | CLOSING SUN 12 FEB

Here to inspire creativity and support positive risk-taking, Geelong Arts Centre's Creative Engine is proud to announce a new grant round for artists and creatives working in the G21 region.

Totalling $12,000 in financial grants and $30,000 of value-in-kind studio access at the arts centre’s landmark Ryrie Street building, the six available grant packages will directly benefit individuals and organisations who are looking to develop new and exciting work, push the boundaries, and advance their contemporary arts practice.

AVAILABLE GRANTS

IGNITION: 2 x $5,000 plus in-kind studio access and mentoring opportunities
JUMP START: 2 x $1,000 plus in-kind studio access
PLACE TO MAKE: 2 x In-kind studio access

To be successful, applications must demonstrate the ability to meet the program’s three selection criteria: Connection, Innovation & Thoughtfulness

Details regarding the application process and eligibility requirements can be found below within each grant category. Cross-genre projects are highly encouraged!

We support the diversity of lived experiences in the d/Deaf and Disabled community and encourage multiple-marginalised Disabled people to apply. Please email creativeengine@geelongartscentre.org.au to discuss accessibility requirements.

Priority will be given to artists who work in, live in, or can demonstrate a strong connection to the G21 region.

We have an express commitment to First Nations artists, PoC artists, and artists from lower income backgrounds.

Applications will be reviewed by a curatorial panel who will take into consideration the calibre of the artists, the quality of the creative idea and the connection to Geelong.

KEY INFORMATION

Applications Open (3 Weeks) - Friday 20 January 2023
Applications Close - Midnight, Sunday 12 February 2023
Successful applicants notified - By Friday 3 March 2023

Period in which development is to be completed:

Projects awarded a grant in this round must complete their development prior to 15 December 2023

INFO SESSION + Q&A

In 2022 we hosted an online Q&A session during which our Creative Engine team discussed the application process, and the selection criteria of Connection, Innovation and Thoughtfulness. If you missed the session, you can view it here!

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2022 GRANT ROUND TWO RECIPIENTS

Explore the six recipients of the 2022 round two Ignition, Place To Make and Jump Start grants

LEARN MORE

Creative Engine offers three levels of support to suit your creative needs:

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IGNITION

Supporting local artists in the development of new work

Ignition grants are designed for projects that are in the early stages of creation and need support in transitioning from creative development to preparation for presentation.

A successful Ignition offer will include:

  • Cash contribution: up to $5,000
  • Access to rehearsal studio spaces (maximum of 76 hours)
  • Access to co-working and meeting spaces
  • Mentoring opportunities with leading independent practitioners
  • Opportunity for an informal progress showing (not a requirment)
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JUMP START

Supporting local artists in the development of new work

Do you have a burning idea that you are keen to explore? We’re offering once off Jump Start cash grants and access to rehearsal and co-working spaces for innovative concepts to play and explore their ideas further.

A successful Jump Start offer will include:

  • Cash contribution: up to $1,000
  • Access to rehearsal studio spaces (maximum of 38 hours)
  • Access to co-working and meeting spaces
  • Opportunity for an informal progress showing (not a requirment)
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PLACE TO MAKE

Supporting local artists in the development of new work

Whether you need space for workshops, concept development or networking, the Place to Make initiative is designed to offer a testing ground for creatives and companies to sample and refine ideas.

A successful Place to Make offer will include:

  • Access to rehearsal studio spaces (maximum of 38 hours)
  • Access to co-working and meeting spaces

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