Creative Arts Grants

Whether you’re directing three musicals, curating an exhibition on dogs, or toying with the idea of wrapping wire around a stick and chucking it in a pool under the light of the moon- you can apply for funding of up to $500 through our grants program.

Applying for a grant but have no idea how to talk about money things? Watch this online workshop hosted by UMSU Creative Arts, Arts Programs and guest artist Channon Goodwin where we talk through the principles of writing competitive arts grant applications, giving all the inside info on the general structure and requirements of arts grants and the range of arts funding bodies and emerging practitioners out there!


The deadlines for our 2021 grants are as follows:


Semester 1: (closed)

Round 1 – Friday 26th March 2021 , 5:00 PM AEDT

Round 2 – Friday 23rd April 2021, 5:00 PM AEST ***EXTENDED to Friday 30th April 2021***

Round 3 – Friday 21st May 2021, 5:00 PM AEST


Semester 2: (closed)

Round 4 – Friday 20th August 2021, 5:00 PM AEST

Round 5 – Friday 17th September 2021, 5:00 PM AEST

Round 6 – Friday 15th October 2021, 5:00 PM AEDT


The Application Process:

Step 1. Download the grants application form here: Creative Arts Grant Application 2021 (.doc)  | Creative Arts Grant Application 2021 (.pdf)

Step 2. Have a read of all the important info on the application form and make sure you will be able to adhere to all the terms and conditions.

Step 3. Once you’ve got a draft ready, shoot an email through to your friendly Creative Arts Office Bearers, Vaishnavi and Merryn (, to set up a smol meeting to chat through your application. This can be online or over the phone. We recommend getting in contact at least 3 days before the deadline.

Step 4. Complete your application and attach all the relevant documents, preferably all into one file.

Step 5. Submit your application via email to The file should be a PDF or Word doc and contain your name (or group name) in the name of the file.

You’ll hear back with the outcome of your application within 10 business days of the relevant deadline.

At this period of time, meetings about grants will happen online. To submit a valid application you will still need to meet with the Creative Arts Officers over Zoom. 


You can also apply to The University of Melbourne Theatre Board for a range of grants to support student performing arts projects, for more information check out the Grants section of the UHT webpage.

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time.

Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

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