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.

Apply for a grant

Applications are now open and close on Thursday 22 April 2021.

Grant types and guidelines

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

Triennial grant

Grant information

  • Provides financial support over a three-year period.
  • Open to applicants from across Australia, but project must be delivered within the City of Stonnington.

Eligibility criteria

  • Groups or organisations must have an ABN, be non-for-profit, and be incorporated.
  • Applicants must propose project/s within the City of Stonnington between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2024.
  • Applicants must have no pending acquittals of debts to the City of Stonnington.
  • Applicants must propose a project that requests between $20,000 and $60,000 in financial support per annum.
  • Applicants must provide proof of current Public Liability insurance of at least $20,000,000.
  • Cannot be submitted with any other Arts and Cultural grant.

What to provide with your application

Supporting documents of your organisation's:

  • most recent annual report
  • operating budget
  • 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)
    • 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 detailed information download out Triennial Arts and Cultural Grant guidelines(PDF, 607KB)

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 or organisations must have an ABN, be non-for-profit, 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 between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.
  • 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)
    • 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 (Over $20,000) guidelines(PDF, 447KB)

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 or organisations must have an ABN, be non-for-profit, 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 between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.
  • 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)
    • 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, 495KB)

Venue Hire in-kind grant

Grant information

Eligibility criteria

  • Groups or organisations must have an ABN, be non-for-profit, and be incorporated.
  • Individuals or groups without incorporated status must be auspiced by an incorporated, non-for-profit organisation.
  • Applicants must propose a project that does not exceed $20,000 in Venue Hire in-kind support.
  • Applicants must propose a project for an approved City of Stonnington between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.
  • 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:

  • Certificate of Currency (public liability insurance of $20,000,000)
  • full budget (a budget template will be provided with your application)
  • project timeline and marketing plan
  • support letter outlining tentative booking or quotes from our Venues team
  • written agreement with auspice organisation (if applicable).

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)
    • 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 (Venues hire in-kind) guidelines(PDF, 608KB)

Chapel Off Chapel hire in-kind grant

Grant information

  • Provides only 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.
  • Only one application per project, but auspice bodies may apply on behalf of multiple projects.

Eligibility criteria

  • Groups or organisations must have an ABN, be non-for-profit, and be incorporated.
  • Individuals or groups without incorporated status must be auspiced by an incorporated, non-for-profit organisation.
  • Applicants must propose a project that does not exceed $20,000 in Chapel Off Chapel venue Hire in-kind support.
  • Applicants must propose a project at Chapel Off Chapel between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.
  • 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:

  • Certificate of Currency (public liability insurance of $20,000,000)
  • full budget (a budget template will be provided with your application)
  • project timeline and marketing plan
  • support letter outlining tentative booking or quotes from Chapel Off Chapel
  • written agreement with auspice organisation (if applicable).

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)
    • 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 (Chapel Off Chapel Venues Hire in-kind) guidelines(PDF, 524KB)

Application process

  1. Read through application criteria and guidelines above.
  2. Attend the information session:
    Wednesday 3 March, 6pm
    Join online via Zoom

    Meeting id: 974 9974 1419
    Passcode: 683693

    RSVP: acgrants@stonnington.vic.gov.au
  3. Plan, research and gather documentation for your application.
  4. Apply online through SmartyGrants (Links live from Tuesday 16 February 2021):
    Apply for Triennial grant
    Apply for Over $20,000 grant
    Apply for Up to $20,000 grant
    Apply for Venue Hire in-kind grant
    Apply for Chapel Off Chapel hire in-kind grant
    Apply by noon on 22 April 2021. No late applications will be considered.

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

Assessment process

Unsuccessful applicants will be advised in July 2021.

Successful applicants will be contacted and required to enter into contract agreement with the City of Stonnington's 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 2020-2021

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