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.
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.
CDF Projects 2021/22
The 2021/22 CDF-Projects grants round is now closed.
Council has awarded $186,975 for 18 successful projects.
Project activity for successful applicants will occur between January 2022 and December 2022.
Applications for the next CDF-Projects round will now open July/August and close in September 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.
For further information about the Cultural Development Fund, contact our Arts Grants and Funding Officer:
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Guidelines and criteria
Read the CDF 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.
Find out more on 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:
- Auspicious Arts Projects
- Arts Access Victoria for deaf and disabled artists
- Multicultural Arts Victoria for multicultural projects or artists from culturally diverse backgrounds
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.
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:
- Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet for Grant Applicants (PDF 163 KB)
- Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet for Grant Applicants (DOCX 129 KB)
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.
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.
- 2019/20 Successful Cultural Development Fund recipients (DOCX 61KB)
- 2019/20 Successful Cultural Development Fund recipients (PDF 510 KB)
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 Grants and Funding Officer
Phone: 03 9209 6165