Arts funding

Funding is available from multiple arts organisations, projects and artists.

Darebin Mayor's Writing Awards

Darebin writers aged 12 years and older are invited to submit new works for the Darebin Mayor’s Creative Writing Program.

The Darebin Mayor’s Creative Writing Program is Darebin’s new literary program offering writers the opportunity to apply for the chance to win cash prize at the Darebin Mayor’s Writing Awards, and be published in the annual local publication D’Scribe (formerly known as n-SCRIBE) in one easy to manage process.

Submissions closed on Friday 2 June 2023.

Find out more on the Darebin Arts website.

Speakeasy's 2024 Season of Developments and Presentations

Melbourne artists and arts organisations are invited to apply to be part of the 2024 Speakeasy Development and Presentation season. Darebin Arts Speakeasy invites artists and arts organisation to apply to be a part of its 2024 Development and Presentation season.

Darebin Community Grants

Financial assistance is provided each year through the Art and Culture category of the Community Grants Program to support community groups and organisations to undertake community cultural development activities.

Our 2023—24 round has now closed. The outcome of all applications in this round will be announced early August 2023.

Youth Encouragement Scheme

This program provides financial assistance to young people who wish to be involved in sports, arts, culture and education.

Contact Youth Services for more information on 03 9496 1020.

External grants programs

Victorian Multicultural Commission

The Victorian Multicultural Commission has funding programs to assist ethnic and community based organisations with programs and activities that aim to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Visit the Multicultural Victorian Commission for more information.


VicHealth is a health promotion agency that creates environments to improve the health of the community. It contributes to the public by supporting health promotion activities in arts settings.

Visit the VicHealth website for further information.

Arts Victoria

Arts Victoria is responsible for the State Government's arts policy. It oversees the state-owned cultural agencies and provides funding for arts and cultural initiatives.

Visit the Arts Victoria website for further details.

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. It invests in artists and arts organisations working in all types of arts including dance, theatre, literature, music and much more.

Visit the Australia Council for the Arts website for further details.

National Association for the Visual Arts Grants

These grants provide assistance towards the costs of public presentation of visual arts, craft and design. This can include:

  • Media releases
  • Media photographs
  • Advertising
  • Space rental and opening costs
  • Installation costs
  • Promotional printing and mail out

Visit the National Association for the Visual Arts website for further information.