The City of Melbourne has announced the return of its Quick Response Arts Grants program for 2020.
Cash grants of up to $4,000 are being made available to artists, creatives and small-to-medium arts organisations across all disciplines to help support unforeseen opportunities which have arisen at short notice.
Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio Councillor Rohan Leppert said the return of the grants program follows the huge success of the 2019 pilot program.
“The 2019 pilot saw high-demand for support, with more than 20 applications per month submitted to the City of Melbourne,” Cr Leppert said.
“Through this pilot we gained important feedback from our creative community about how vital quick-response grants are to ensuring Melburnians do not miss out on projects and events which help to enrich the city’s culture.”
Projects funded by the City of Melbourne’s 2019 Quick Response Arts Grants included live theatre performances, musical acts, animations, literary events and exhibitions.
Applications for the 2020 Quick Response Arts Grants opened on Friday 24 January, with applications to be assessed at on the 20th of each month starting in February.
Successful applicants will be notified on the first of each month. The program will remain open until the total funding pool has been exhausted.
“The City of Melbourne is committed to supporting our creative community and the Quick Response Arts Grants have quickly become a vital part of our annual grants programs,” Cr Leppert said.
“I’d encourage anyone with a last minute idea, project or event to contact the City of Melbourne and see if you’re eligible for a Quick Response Arts Grant.”
Applicants can be located anywhere but funding is dependent on a public outcome activated within the City of Melbourne municipality.