Grants & Support Initiatives



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

Expectations of grant recipients:

  • Attend professional development sessions provided by Geelong Arts Centre
  • Attend gatherings to meet fellow grant recipients and to connect with the Creative Engine community of creatives
  • Complete an informal acquittal at the conclusion of your development period

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.

Q. I have received a Creative Engine Grant before. Can I apply again?

A. Absolutely! We are more than happy to look at supporting multiple developments for one project or from creatives who have previously received support. However, if you have a current grant that has not yet been acquitted, please contact prior to submitting an application. Depending on the circumstances, it may be difficult for the panel to assess a project for a new grant where there is a current incomplete development already underway.

Selection Panel:

Joel McGuiness - Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director, 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 (3 Weeks): Monday 27th June 2022
Applications Close: Monday 11th July 2022
Selected projects notified: Friday 29th July 2022

Period in which development is to be completed:
Projects awarded a grant in this round must complete their development prior to 30 June 2022

Image Credit: The Devil's Grip
2021 Creative Engine Grant Recipient: Jump Start
Photo by: Sandy Gray