Grants & Support Initiatives



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 projects that demonstrate clear ambition, connection to audience and an understanding of the resources needed to be successful.

A successful Ignition offer will include:

  • Cash contribution: up to $5,000
  • Access to performance and rehearsal studio spaces (maximum of 76 hours)
  • Access to co-working and meeting spaces
  • Mentoring opportunities with leading independent practitioners

Selection Criteria


What are your/the project’s connections to Geelong? Why is this project relevant currently for Geelong audiences and communities? How does this project support your current practice and how may the project contribute to your professional career development?


In your approach, be that through art form, story or concept – what innovation is being explored? What specific creative outcomes are you hoping to achieve from this exploration?


What considerations have you made for the project? How will you achieve your creative output/s? What do you need for this project to be a success? How will you support your own wellbeing and that of your collaborators?

Are you eligible?

If you work or live in Geelong and surrounding regions or you can demonstrate significant connection to the region, then YES! You are eligible.

Q. I’m not from the area, how can I demonstrate connection to the region?

A. Factors that will be considered in assessing your connection to the region (outside of living or working in Geelong) may include:

  • Are you developing a body of work here? Will your project be premiered in Geelong?
  • Do you have a robust strategy for community inclusion in your project?
  • Are you interested in partnering with other organisations in Geelong or the surrounding region to deliver workshops or events for local artists and/or community?
  • Have you previously presented work or delivered artist/community workshops in the region?
  • Can you demonstrate any previous connections or partnerships with local artists, companies or organisations?

Q. Do all project partners and performers have to be connected to Geelong?

A. No! We encourage collaboration between artists and organisations from further afield, including with national or international project partners. Please ensure your key project applicant can demonstrate clear connection to Geelong and surrounding regions. Creative Engine will accept applications from individual artists, collectives and established arts companies.

Selection Panel:

Joel McGuiness - Chief Executive Officer, Geelong Arts Centre

Penny McCabe - Senior Producer Programming & Creative Engine, Geelong Arts Centre

Emily Donoghue - Associate Producer Geelong Arts Centre

Independent Producer - TBC

If you have any questions please email

Key Dates:

Applications Open (4 Weeks): Monday 28 June 2021, 9am

Applications Close: Sunday 25 July 2021, 5pm

Selected projects notified: Thursday 26 August 2021

Image Credit: Blink Dance Theatre - Memory House

2020 Creative Engine Grant Recipient: Ignition

Photographer: Marcus Struzina