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The cultural development fund (CDF) is an annual arts and heritage grants round for artists and related organisations in Port Phillip.

Glitch, Jacob Abela, Rubiks Collective 2019. Photo: Cameron Jameison

Cultural Development Fund Recovery grants are now open. Applications close 4 pm Monday 1 March 2021.

Cultural Development Fund Recovery Grants 2021

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) Recovery grants are a new round of arts project grants that will support local artists, groups or arts and related organisations to develop creative projects that engage our community during COVID-19 recovery.

This grant round is open to all art forms and cultural heritage projects and is designed to develop new work, reconnect with our communities, and celebrate the creative life of the City.

Applicants to the CDF Recovery grants may apply for up to $12,000 per project. Applications can include projects that occur in public space, venues or online.

Applications are open from 9 am Monday 25 January until 4 pm Monday 1 March 2021.

Project activity can occur between July 2021 and June 2022.

Further information

For further information about the Cultural Development Fund, contact Sharyn Dawson:

Email: cdf@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9209 6165

Contact us if you need access assistance including a meeting with an Auslan interpreter before applying.

What is the Cultural Development Fund

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) is an annual arts and heritage grants round for artists and related organisations in Port Phillip. Applicants to the Fund may apply for up to $12,000 per project.

The CDF Recovery grants aim to:

  • support artists and organisations to develop and realise creative projects in the City of Port Phillip including:
    • research and development of new work
    • capacity building opportunities including mentoring, partnerships or collaborative development
    • arts engagement activities which support and engage diverse communities.
  • support community-managed projects
  • generate arts and cultural activity
  • build cultural identity
  • support and celebrate community diversity including the development of work that engages with the wider Port Phillip community including children, vulnerable groups, and traders
  • support heritage initiatives.

Who can apply

  • Individual applicants who live or work in the City of Port Phillip and have engaged an auspice organisation for the purpose of applying for and managing a Cultural Development Fund grant. (View eligibility notes in the Guidelines and criteria document below)
  • Artists of Boon Wurrung descent are also eligible to apply.
  • Unincorporated groups who have engaged an auspice organisation and are based in the City of Port Phillip
  • Incorporated arts and related community organisations based in the City of Port Phillip.

See eligibility notes in the Guidelines and criteria document on this page.

Guidelines and criteria

Read the 2021 CDF Recovery Guidelines and criteria document before applying.

Consider discussing your project idea with the Cultural Development Fund officer before submitting an application. Applicants proposing projects in public space should discuss the proposal with the Fund officer well in advance of the submission date.

Applicants should pay particular attention to links to information in the guidelines that may assist in planning COVID-Safe events.

Engaging with an Auspice organisation

The City of Port Phillip will require successful applicants who are individual artists or individuals applying on behalf of a small unincorporated collective or group to engage an auspice organisation to assist to manage the grant. Read this document to find out how to work with an auspice organisation.

For the purpose of the CDF Recovery grants, the key auspice organisations will be:

Applicants are required to submit a letter of confirmation from their auspice organisation with their application as support material. Applicants should contact an auspice organisation a minimum of three to 5 days before the application due date with a brief project description and draft budget if possible.

An auspice organisation may charge a small administration fee. Applicants should include in their budgets an auspice administration fee which may range between 5 per cent and 20 per cent of the grant total depending on the organisation and level of assistance.

How to apply

The City of Port Phillip uses the Smartygrants online application system. It is recommended that applicants preview the form before beginning the application

Check the Helpguide for Applicants and the 2021 CDF Recovery grants application form to preview or log in to an application.

Council is committed to fostering equitable participation in events, programs and activities in our community. The Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet for Arts Grants Applicants contains resources you can explore when applying for a grant to help include the people with disability when organising, planning and budgeting for your event or program of activities:

Call us on 03 9209 6165 if you have any questions about accessing the form.

Previously funded projects

In 2019 Council received 39 applications to the Fund. A total of $183,555 has been awarded to 19 projects.

Access and support information

For general Council information about the National Relay Service, language translation and Auslan translation services, visit accessibility and disability inclusion.

For Metro Access support contact, contact ASSIST.

For further information about the Cultural Development Fund, contact Sharyn Dawson:

Email: cdf@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9209 6165

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