Arts and Culture grants

Our annual Arts and Culture Grants program is open to artists and organisations, to deliver arts projects within the City of Stonnington.

Eligible arts include theatre, cabaret, dance, visual art, circus and physical theatre, live art, music, digital media and film, interdisciplinary and hybrid art festivals.

The program supports creative, innovative, dynamic and contemporary projects that enhance the cultural, community and economic development of our city by:

  • providing one-off grants to organisations, individuals and community groups wishing to present high-quality art based projects
  • supporting projects that reflect the diverse communities of Stonnington
  • providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in the arts
  • bringing new works, productions, exhibitions, publications, curated programs and events to the Stonnington community
  • supporting artists to develop and execute new ideas
  • ensuring there are a variety of art forms in the municipality that are accessible to the community
  • assisting artists and arts organisations to be sustainable and financially viable.

Grant applications

Round 2 applications for Over $20,000 and Up to $20,000 grants are now closed. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Have any unanswered questions? Find information about auspices, funding, project changes, marketing support, public liability insurance, event permits and more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Grant types and guidelines

There are two Arts and Culture grants available. Check which is right for you, and read about its eligibility criteria and guidelines before applying.

Up to $20,000 grant

Grant information

  • Provides only financial support (up to $20,000). A separate application is required for Venue Hire In-Kind support.
  • Open to applicants from across Australia, but project must be delivered within the City of Stonnington.
  • Only one application per project, but auspice bodies may apply on behalf of multiple projects.

Eligibility criteria

  • Groups and organisations must have an ABN, be ACNC registered, and be incorporated.
  • Individuals or groups without incorporated status must be auspiced by an incorporated, non-for-profit organisation.
  • Applicants must propose a project within the City of Stonnington boundaries between 1 January 2023 and 30 June 2023.
  • Applicants must have no pending acquittals of debts to the City of Stonnington.
  • Applicants must provide proof of current Public Liability insurance of at least $20,000,000.

What to provide with your application

Supporting documents of your organisation's:

  • most recent annual report
  • operating budget (budget template can be found in the SmartyGrants portal when applying)
  • minutes from last Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Certificate of Currency (public liability insurance of $20,000,000)
  • project budget identifying all funding sources
  • project timeline and marketing plan.

Artistic support material:

  • Examples of current, proposed or past works:
    • images (up to 5)
    • show reels (up to 5 minutes)
    • audio tracks (up to 3)
    • script excerpts (up to 10 pages)
    • websites (up to 3)
  • key artist biographies (maximum 150 words per artist)
  • support letters (up to 3, including support letter from festivals)
  • reviews (up to 3).

For more information and terms and conditions download our Arts and Cultural Grants (Up to $20,000) guidelines(PDF, 218KB).

Over $20,000 grant

Grant information

  • Provides only financial support (over $20,000). A separate application is required for Venue Hire In-Kind support.
  • Open to applicants from across Australia, but project must be delivered within the City of Stonnington.
  • Only one application per project, but auspice bodies may apply on behalf of multiple projects.

Eligibility criteria

  • Groups and organisations must have an ABN, be ACNC registered, and be incorporated.
  • Applicants funding request must not exceed $60,000.
  • Individuals or groups without incorporated status must be auspiced by an incorporated, non-for-profit organisation.
  • Applicants must propose a project within the City of Stonnington boundaries between 1 January 2023 and 30 June 2023.
  • Applicants must have no pending acquittals of debts to the City of Stonnington.
  • Applicants must provide proof of current Public Liability insurance of at least $20,000,000.

What to submit with your application

Supporting documents of your organisation's:

  • most recent annual report
  • operating budget (budget template can be found in the SmartyGrants portal when applying)
  • minutes from last Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Certificate of Currency (public liability insurance of $20,000,000)
  • project budget identifying all funding sources
  • project timeline and marketing plan.

Artistic support material:

  • Examples of current, proposed or past works:
    • images (up to 5)
    • show reels (up to 5 minutes)
    • script excerpts (up to 10 pages)
    • audio tracks (up to 3)
    • websites (up to 3)
  • key artist biographies (maximum 150 words per artist)
  • support letters (up to 3, including support letter from festivals)
  • reviews (up to 3).

For more information and terms and conditions, download the Arts and Cultural Grants (Over $20,000) guidelines(PDF, 196KB).

 

Assessment process

Unsuccessful applicants will be advised in October 2022.

Successful applicants will be contacted and required to enter into contract agreement with the City of Stonnington Grant Policy.

Applications are assessed against grant criteria by a panel consisting of internal and external arts industry professionals who shortlist recommendations for Council.

Success rests on the merits of the application against the assessment criteria and competition with other applications. In some cases, the panel will recommend part funding of an amount less than requested based on the application and supporting documents.

Assessment criteria

Theme Criteria Weighting %
Artistic
  • Provide clear and detailed information on the project including expected outcomes.
  • Propose an innovative project and prove your capacity to deliver it, providing a project timeline and relevant artistic support material.
  • Include and/or celebrate local or specific communities within the City of Stonnington.
  • Demonstrate potential or confirmed career advancement opportunities for artists involved in the project. This could be through an extension of skills or development of existing and new audiences.
30%
Capacity Facilitate local business partnerships 10%
Financial Show a viable, accountable budget with diverse sources of income. 20%
Marketing
  • Demonstrate a commitment to maximising audience numbers and participation from the local community.
  • Provide a marketing plan.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to attract participation and audience numbers from the wider metropolitan area.
30%
Operational
Propose projects that align with the City of Stonnington Council Plan. 10%

Successful grant recipients 2022-23

Grant recipients will develop work across a diverse range of art forms that will increase the arts experiences for the community. Their work will contribute to the cultural vibrancy of the city, while sustaining our local arts and cultural profile.

A total of 20 applications were endorsed by Council. The successful recipients were awarded support from the $440,000 total pool of fund across the 5 grant categories:

  • $73,922 awarded to Triennial Arts and Culture Grant applications 
  • $55,300 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Over $20,000 applications
  • $50,413 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Up to $20,000 applications
  • $38,840 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Chapel Off Chapel In-Kind applications
  • $8,761 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Venue Hire In-Kind applications

Triennial

Applicant Project Funding
Melbourne Shakespeare Inc. Melbourne Shakespeare Inc. Full
Melbourne Queer Film Festival Melbourne Queer Film Festival Part

Over $20k

Applicant Project Funding
Round 1
GLAAS Inc GLAAS Inc Part
Toorak Village Traders Association Toorak Village Traders Association Full
Round 2
Just Another Pty Ltd ust Another Pty Ltd Full

Up to $20k

Applicant Projects Funding
Round 1
Malvern Theatre Company Inc. Malvern Theatre Company Inc. Full
Mx Patrick Livesey Mx Patrick Livesey Full
3MBS Fine Music Melbourne 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne Full
Mx Thalia Dudek Mx Thalia Dudek Full
Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra Full
Round 2
Anita Lester Anita Lester Part
Miles Johnson Miles Johnson Full
Josh Sanders Josh Sanders Full
Chelsea Plumley Chelsea Plumley Full
Alison Richards Alison Richards Full
Benjamin Cure Lionheart Dance Company Full
Dean Bryant Dean Bryant Full

Chapel Off Chapel hire in-kind

Applicant Projects Funding
Mx Patrick Livesey Mx Patrick Livesey Full
Mx Thalia Dudek Mx Thalia Dudek Full
Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra Full
Theatrical Incorporated Theatrical Incorporated Part
The Lieder Society of Victoria The Lieder Society of Victoria Full
Ms Ariella Gordon Ms Ariella Gordon Full

Venue in-kind

Applicant Project Funding
3MBS Fine Music Melbourne 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne Full
Mr Scott Taylor Mr Scott Taylor Part