City of Melbourne’s Arts Grants program now open

Double Think Byron PerryArtists, musicians and creative organisations from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds have an opportunity to bring their ideas to life by applying for a City of Melbourne Arts Grant.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Arts Grants Program which provides funding of up to $20,000 for one-off projects in the categories of arts projects, Indigenous arts projects and arts residencies.

Arts and Culture Portfolio chair Councillor Rohan Leppert said artists, makers and musicians make an enormous contribution to Melbourne. “Melbourne is renowned as a vibrant cultural capital that supports its artists and arts organisations,” said Councillor Leppert.

“The Annual Arts Grants Program supports Melbourne artists to develop and test ideas that they are passionate about, in turn delighting and inspiring Melburnians and visitors.”

Arts residencies will return for a second year in 2017 following the arts community’s positive response to the new category. The residencies provide artists with an opportunity to work within Council’s Art and Heritage Collection and Creative Spaces Program to develop and expand their practice in any art form.

The Arts Grants Program is underpinned by the City of Melbourne’s commitment to support artists, as outlined under the funding theme in the City of Melbourne Arts Strategy 2014-17. The arts grants are open to all artists, arts and community organisations for projects in any art form that takes place in the City of Melbourne in 2017.

Applications are now open and close on Tuesday 14 June 2016. For more information and to apply, visit: for details.

Image: Double Think – photo by Byron Perry