Cultural Development Fund - Festivals and Events

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) Festival and Events grants support not-for-profit arts, cultural and community groups to stage small to medium scale events that celebrate the City’s community spirit, identity, arts and culture, and engage our community as active participants.

Laneway Festival 2021. Image courtesy Space2b.

About the Cultural Development Fund

The arts are an essential part of the cultural diversity, creativity and prosperity of our communities.

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) grants program has been developed by Council to support artists, arts and cultural organisations and creative community projects in the City of Port Phillip.

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 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.

About the CDF Festivals and Events grants

The grants aim to encourage and assist not-for-profit organisations and community groups to develop local neighbourhood festivals or events during a period of COVID recovery. Festivals or events should celebrate the City’s community spirit, identity, arts and culture.

Funding provided in the current financial year does not assure that funding will be available in future years. This fund is intended for seed and development funding. Applicants are encouraged to seek out other sources of sponsorship to complement the support of council. Event organisers may apply for support for logistics and infrastructure costs associated with festivals and events.

Our intention is to support groups that manage and stage their own festivals through Council funding and by encouraging applicants to seek out other sources of sponsorship.

About this round

Applications open: 9 am Monday 13 December

Applications close: 4 pm Thursday 27 January

Funding is for festivals and events that will occur between July 2022 and June 2023.

Up to $10,000 available is per project.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be:

  • Incorporated not for profit arts cultural or community organisations. Organisations from outside City of Port Phillip may apply if the festival or event is held in the City of Port Phillip and engages with Port Phillip participants and community.
  • Have organisational Public Liability Insurance to the value of $20 Million.
  • Able to provide an ABN (Australian Business Number)

How to apply

All City of Port Phillip grants use the Smartygrants online application system.

Please read the 2021/22 CDF-Festivals and Events grants guidelines and criteria carefully prior to applying.

To find out how to log in and set up a password, read the Smartygrants applicant help guide (PDF 2.2 MB).

To discuss your project idea or for any general queries about the guidelines, contact the Festivals and Events grants program officer on:

Tel: 03 9209 6217

Mob: 0466 752 942

Email: cdf@portphillip.vic.gov.au

COVID-safe planning for your project

Applicants proposing a project in a venue or public space will need to consider Victorian Government regulations and advice regarding COVID safe events Information that will assist you to develop a COVID Safe Plan for your event can be found at these sites:

Applicants should be familiar with venue COVID-safe plans as part of any venue hire arrangement.

Applicants planning events in public space will be required to apply for a COPP Events permit.

To find out how to apply for an event permit with a COVID-safe plan, or for any general queries about your project application, contact the Festivals and Events grants program officer on:

Tel: 03 9209 6217

Mob: 0466 752 942

Email: cdf@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Making your event accessible

We are committed to 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:

Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet for Grant Applicants (PDF 158 KB)

Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet for Grant Applicants (DOCX 129 KB)

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