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Supporting the Creative Economy | Grants available for Victorian creative businesses

With a $288 million investment over four years, the Victorian Government’s latest initiative ‘Creative State’ is here to support, stabilise and promote growth for Victorian creative businesses and organisations of all sizes.

by The AFC

18 August 2021

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s new investment program, aiming to grow jobs, generate more innovative work, develop creative products and boost Victoria’s reputation as an established creative leader.

The creative community and fashion industry alike are facing prolonged hardships due to the recent restrictions and lockdowns as a result of Covid-19. During this time of uncertainty, the Victorian Government have announced their latest initiative ‘Creative State’ that aims to engender, stabilise and promote growth for Victoria’s creative industries with a $288 million investment over four years. As part of the ‘Creative State’ initiative, businesses can apply for grants split into two categories:

Creative Ventures Program:

The Creative Ventures Program is available to micro businesses with up to 10 staff. This program will provide creative entities with a stable foundation to grow and plan over a two year period, investing in a pipeline of innovative creative content, work and activities.
Other key actions of the overarching initiative and the Creative Ventures Program will also improve access to employment opportunities for creatives with disabilities who will be assessed by a panel of peers with lived experience.

Creative Enterprise Program:

The Creative Enterprise Program includes four years of investment to established businesses and organisations. Applications are open to creative industry leaders that can demonstrate initiatives in place that promote job growth, creative community support and deliverables for creative products, activities and services in line with the priorities set out in Creative State.
Both programs include a dedicated First Nations stream to support Indigenous owned and led creative businesses and organisations. In line with the principles of Aboriginal self-determination, applicants will be assessed by external First Nations industry players.

To find out more and apply for the Victorian Government's Creative State grants, follow the below links.

Creative State
Creative Enterprise Program
Creative Ventures Program

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