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 the City of Stonnington 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, and
  • assisting artists and arts organisations to be sustainable and financially viable.

For more information email our Arts and Culture team or call 8290 1333

Successful grant recipients 

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

A total of 37 applications were endorsed by Council and the successful recipients were awarded support from the $424,871 total pool of fund across the 5 grant categories, as outlined below:

  • $110,000 awarded to Triennial Arts and Culture Grant applications 
  • $118,561 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Over $20,000 applications
  • $156,310 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Up to $20,000 applications
  • $50,000 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Chapel Off Chapel In-Kind applications
  • $0 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Venue Hire In-Kind applications

Triennial 2018/19 – 2020/21

Applicant Project Funding 

Melbourne Cabaret Limited

Melbourne Cabaret Festival

 Full

Stonnington Symphony

Stonnington Symphony Annual Program

Part

Toorak Village Traders Association

Toorak Village Sculpture Festival

Full

Over $20,000

Applicant Project Funding

Notfair N/P

Notfair 20290 Part
Born in a Taxi Butterfly House Full
Melinda Htezel & Co / Niow The Conservatory Full
National Institute of Circus Arts CircaNICA new work development Full

Up to $20,000

Applicant Projects Funding

GLAAS Inc

'Lightworkers' Glass Exhibition Part
Ms Jennifer (Cheng-Sing) Ma We Are Here Part
Music Theatre Melbourne CASTRO'S CHILDREN - A new Australian musical by Simon Stone and Peter Fitzpatrick Part
Mr Michael Dalton Dolly Diamond's - Stars in their Eyes Full
Australian Tap Dance Festival Tap Paradise - Australian Tap Dance Festival Gala Full
Red Stitch Actors Theatre Summer Special: A world premiere by David Greig, developed with the Red Stitch ensemble and a local youth chorus. Full

Melbourne Shakespeare Inc.

Stonnington Shakespeare Festival Full
Smoke and Mirrors Productions Infidels: A Boylesque Musical Full
Stargazed Productions The Door in Question Full
Duldig Studio - Museum and Sculpture Garden 3D Me - Unpacking the World of Sculpture Full
Ms Caroline Packham Human x Human Full
Miss Karina Schiller Statera Full
Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra  Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, Autumn Concert at Chapel Off Chapel Full

Chapel Off Chapel hire in-kind

Applicant Projects Funding

Stonnington City Brass Inc

Stonnington City Brass Annual Concert Part
Music Theatre Melbourne CASTRO'S CHILDREN - A new Australian musical by Simon Stone and Peter Fitzpatrick Part
Ms Jennifer (Cheng-Sing) Ma We Are Here Part
Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, Autumn Concert at Chapel Off Chapel Part
Smoke and Mirrors Productions Infidels: A Boylesque Musical Full
Theatrical Incorporated Community theatre production of Little Women Full
Mr Michael Dalton  Dolly Diamond's - Stars in their Eyes Full
Miss Karina Schiller  Statera Full
Spears Entertainment Music of the Night Full
Mr Kieran Gould-Dowen The Execution Will Not Be Televised Full

Assessment process

Each year the amount of applications outnumber the grant funding available. This year grant applications totalled over $620,000 in funding requests. Each application is assessed against the grant criteria by a panel consisting of internal and external arts industry professionals who then develop a final list of recommendation for Council.

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

Apply for a grant

The next round of applications for Arts and Cultural grants will open in February 2021.

There are five Arts and Culture grants available. Check which is right for you and, when applications open, apply online.

Triennial grant

Information and eligibility criteria

  • Provides financial support over a three-year period.
  • Open to applicants from across Australia, but project must be delivered within the City of Stonnington.
  • Eligible disciplines include: theatre, cabaret, dance, visual arts, circus/physical theatre, live art, music, interdisciplinary/hybrid, digital media/film and arts festivals.
  • Applicants must propose project/s within the City of Stonnington between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2023.
  • Cannot be submitted with any other Arts and Cultural grant.

Apply

Applications for the 2020 Triennial grant closed on 10 April 2020.

Successful applicants will be announced in mid-July 2020.

Over $20,000 grant

Information and eligibility criteria

  • Provides financial support over $20,000 only.
  • Open to applicants from across Australia, but project must be delivered within the City of Stonnington.
  • Eligible disciplines include: theatre, cabaret, dance, visual arts, circus/physical theatre, live art, music, interdisciplinary/hybrid, digital media/film and arts festivals.
  • Applicants must propose a project within the City of Stonnington between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.
  • Can be submitted with a Chapel Off Chapel Venue Hire In-Kind or Venue Hire In-Kind grant.

Apply

Applications for the 2020 Over $20,000 grant closed on 10 April 2020.

Successful applicants will be announced in mid-July 2020.

Up to $20,000 grant

Information and eligibility criteria

  • Provides financial support up to $20,000 only.
  • Open to applicants from across Australia, but project must be delivered within the City of Stonnington.
  • Eligible disciplines include: theatre, cabaret, dance, visual arts, circus/physical theatre, live art, music, interdisciplinary/hybrid, digital media/film and arts festivals.
  • Applicants must propose a project within the City of Stonnington between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.
  • Can be submitted with a Chapel Off Chapel Venue Hire In-Kind or Venue Hire In-Kind grant.

Apply

Applications for the 2020 Up to $20,000 grant closed on 10 April 2020.

Successful applicants will be announced in June 2020.

Chapel Off Chapel hire in-kind (up to $20,000) grant

Information and eligibility criteria

  • Provides venue hire in-kind support at Chapel Off Chapel only (excluding consumables and/or on-costs).
  • Open to applicants from across Australia, but project must be delivered within the City of Stonnington.
  • Eligible disciplines include: theatre, cabaret, dance, visual arts, circus/physical theatre, live art, music, interdisciplinary/hybrid, digital media/film and arts festivals.
  • Applicants must propose a project for Chapel Off Chapel between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.
  • Can be submitted with an Up to $20,000 grant, or an Over $20,000 grant.

Apply

Applications for the 2020 Chapel Off Chapel hire in-kind (up to $20,000) grant closed on 10 April 2020.

Successful applicants will be announced in mid-July 2020.

Venue Hire in-kind grant ($20,000)

Information and eligibility criteria

  • Provides venue hire in-kind support at an approved City of Stonnington venue only (excluding consumables and/or on-costs).
  • Open to applicants from across Australia, but project must be delivered within the City of Stonnington.
  • Eligible disciplines include: theatre, cabaret, dance, visual arts, circus/physical theatre, live art, music, interdisciplinary/hybrid, digital media/film and arts festivals.
  • Applicants must propose a project for an approved City of Stonnington venue between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.
  • Can be submitted with an Up to $20,000 grant, or an Over $20,000 grant.

Apply

Applications for the 2020 Venue Hire in-kind grant closed on 10 April 2020.

Successful applicants will be announced in mid-July 2020.