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 closed for 2021. The next round of Arts and Culture grants opens February 2022. 

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.
  3. Plan, research and gather documentation for your application.
  4. Apply online through SmartyGrants:
    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
    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 2021-22

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 26 applications were endorsed by Council. The successful recipients were awarded support from the $440,000 total pool of fund across the 5 grant categories:
  • $98,034 awarded to Triennial Arts and Culture Grant applications 
  • $134,000 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Over $20,000 applications
  • $141,986 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Up to $20,000 applications
  • $50,068 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Chapel Off Chapel In-Kind applications
  • $1,426 awarded to Arts and Culture Grant Venue Hire In-Kind applications

Triennial

Applicant Project Funding 

Stonnington Symphony

Stonnington Symphony Annual Season

 Full

Duldig Studio - Museum and Sculpture Garden

Opening Duldig Studio - People. Art. Action.

Part

Over $20k

Applicant Project Funding

National Institute of Circus Arts

Raven Mad- Development and Premiere Full
Mr Christopher Horsey Peta & The Wolf - A Tap Dancing Tale Part
Mr Paul Round Let's Pretend Part

Up to $20k

Applicant Projects Funding

Melbourne Shakespeare Inc.

Stonnington Shakespeare Festival 2022 Full
Somebody's Daughter Theatre Company She Swallowed That Lie Full
Raspberry Ripple Productions That's Why the Lady Needs a Ramp Full
Australian Tap Dance Festival HomeGrown Rhythm Full
Mr Patrick Livesey Dirt by Angus Cameron Development & Presentation Full
Mr Joel Carnegie Stardust + The Mission (double bill) Full

Ms Chelsea Byrne

Youth Dance Makers Initiative Full
Home Grown Musicals Australia Home Grown Concert Series Part
John Pierce Centre A celebration of JPC Deaf art and history through an exhibition and book Part
Ms Nadine Keegan ‘So Much More to Remember’ Glass Exhibition 2021 Part
Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra; "Our place" Part

Chapel Off Chapel hire in-kind

Applicant Projects Funding

Stonnington City Brass Inc

Stonnington City Brass Annual Concert Part
Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra; "Our place" Full
Somebody's Daughter Theatre Company She Swallowed That Lie Full
Stonnington City Brass Inc. Brass! A Variety Concert Full
Australian Tap Dance Festival HomeGrown Rhythm Full
Mr Christopher Horsey Peta & The Wolf - A Tap Dancing Tale Full
Mr Patrick Livesey Dirt by Angus Cameron Development & Presentation Full
Mr Joel Carnegie Stardust + The Mission (double bill) Full
Raspberry Ripple Productions That's Why the Lady Needs a Ramp Part
Theatrical Incorporated Community Theatre (social engagement) Part

Venue in-kind

Applicant Project Funding 

Malvern Valley Primary School

Malvern Valley Primary School Concert 2021

 Full