Grants & Support Initiatives

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN | CLOSING MON 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 up to $24,000 in financial grants and $35,000 of value-in-kind studio access at the arts centre’s landmark Ryrie Street building, the 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 week-long in-kind studio access for rehearsal period (see eligible dates here)
JUMP START: 2 x $3,000, plus week-long in-kind studio access for rehearsal period (see eligible dates here)
PLACE TO MAKE: Five days of in-kind studio access or three months of in-kind desk access in Merge co-working space (see eligible dates here)

To be successful, applications must demonstrate the ability to meet the program’s three selection criteria: Connection, Innovation & Thoughtfulness. Applicants must also be available to complete their studio rehearsal time during one of the eligible allotted weeks (see individual grant pages for specific dates).

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. An additional $2,000 in access costs is available for both the Ignition and Jump Start grants. 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) - Monday 22 January 2024
Applications Close - 9:00am, Monday 12 February 2024
Successful applicants notified - By Monday 19 February 2024
Photo opportunity with fellow grant recipients - Thursday 22 February 2024

Period in which development is to be completed:

Projects awarded a grant in this round must complete their development prior to 24 May 2024.

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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2023 GRANT ROUND ONE RECIPIENTS

Explore the recipients of the 2023 round one 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. We are looking for impressive ideas with well thought out project plans.

A successful Ignition offer will include:

  • Cash contribution: up to $5,000 (+ up to $2,000 in access costs if required)
  • Access to rehearsal studio space (one week)
  • Access to co-working and meeting spaces
  • Mentoring opportunities with leading independent practitioners
  • Opportunity for an informal progress showing, however this is not a requirement
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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 Jump Start cash grants and access to rehearsal space for ideas which need exploring further, and the space and time to do it. These are seed ideas which we are keen to develop.

A successful Jump Start offer will include:

  • Cash contribution: up to $3,000 (+ up to $2,000 in access costs if required)
  • Access to rehearsal studio space (one week)
  • Access to co-working and meeting spaces
  • Opportunity for an informal progress showing, however this is not a requirement
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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 space (four days), OR,
  • Access to desk in Merge co-working space (five days)

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