Cultural Development Fund - Projects

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) is an annual arts and heritage grants round for artists and related organisations in Port Phillip.

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CDF Projects 2021/22

Applications Open: Monday 26 July

Applications Close: 4pm Monday 6 September

The timeline for the City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund (CDF) annual grants is changing. Applications will now open July/August and close in September.

Application project activity will need to occur between January 2022 and December 2022.

CDF-Projects grants have been developed by the City of Port Phillip to support local artists, groups or arts and related organisations to develop creative projects that engage our community and this support is continuing during the continuing period of 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 Projects may apply for up to $12,000 per project.

Free workshop - Grant writing for arts projects

Sign up to attend our free online Grant writing for arts projects workshop on Tuesday 3 August from 6 to 8.30 pm.

Bookings essential at Trybooking. Places are limited.

The workshop will cover:

  • practical ways to approach grant writing for arts and cultural projects
  • developing and communicating your project idea and your project plan
  • developing budgets and funding strategy
  • working with an auspice organisation
  • finding project partners
  • presenting support material
  • evaluating your project.

Further information

For further information about the Cultural Development Fund contact our Arts Development Officer:

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Phone: 03 9209 6165

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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.

In the City of Port Phillip, the arts are an essential part of the cultural diversity, creativity and prosperity of our communities.

Projects should contribute to the Council Plan strategic directions to guide our program priorities for the future. Projects will be evaluated according to how well they meet these Program Priorities:

  • Vibrant: with a flourishing economy, where our community and local business thrive, and we maintain and enhance our reputation as one of Melbourne’s cultural and creative hubs.
  • Inclusive: a place for all members of our community, where people feel supported and comfortable being themselves and expressing their identities.

CDF Program Objectives:

  • Support artists and organisations to develop and realise creative projects in the City of Port Phillip.
  • Support capacity building, mentoring, partnerships or collaborative development, and arts engagement activities.
  • Support and engage diverse communities of all ages and backgrounds, including the development of work that engages with the wider Port Phillip community.
  • Generate arts, cultural and heritage activity in our neighbourhoods and precincts.

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.
  • Individual applicants applying on behalf of an unincorporated group who has engaged an auspice organisation and are based in the City of Port Phillip.
  • Incorporated not-for-profit arts and related community organisations based in the City of Port Phillip.

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

Guidelines and criteria

Read the CDF Guidelines and criteria document before applying.

2021/22 CDF-Project guidelines and criteria (DOCX 267KB)

2021/22CDFD-Project guidelines and criteria (PDF 983KB)

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 (DOCX 42KB).

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 10 working days before the application due date with a brief project description and draft budget if possible.

For CDF-Projects grants program, the key auspice organisations supporting artists are:

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

Go to the 2021/22 CDF- Projects application form to preview or log in to an application.

Applicants can find out more about using Smartygrants in the Smartygrants helpguide (PDF KB).

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 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.

CDF Recovery grants 2021

The 2021 Cultural Development Fund (CDF) Recovery grants were developed by the City of Port Phillip to support local artists, groups or arts and related organisations to develop creative projects that engage our community during COVID-19 recovery.

Council received 41 applications to the CDF-Recovery grants. A total of $192,911 has been awarded to 19 projects.

2021 CDF-Recovery successful recipients (DOCX 61 KB)
2021 CDF Recovery successful recipients (PDF 178 KB)

Project activity will occur between July 2021 and June 2022.

Previously funded projects

In 2019 Council received 39 applications for CDF annual projects grants. 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 interpreter services, visit accessibility and disability inclusion.

For Metro Access support contact, contact ASSIST.

For further information about the Cultural Development Fund

Contact the Arts Development Fund Officer.

Visit Online Services

Phone: 03 9209 6165

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