Cultural Development Fund - Projects
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.
Cultural Development Fund - Projects 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.
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 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.
CDF- Projects grants
Applications to this round are now closed.
Applicants will be notified in November 2022
Project activity of successful applicants will occur between January 2023 and December 2023
Eligibility - 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.
How to apply
Read the CDF Guidelines and criteria document before applying.
The City of Port Phillip uses the Smartygrants online application system.
To find out how to log in preview and to start an application, read the
Smartygrants Helpguide for applicants (PDF 2 MB), click on the apply button when you are ready to begin.
2022-23 CDF-Project guidelines and criteria (DOCX 269 KB)
2022-23 CDF-Project guidelines and criteria (PDF 849 KB)
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 42 KB).
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.
Planning your project or event
Consider discussing your project idea with the Arts and Funding 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 proposing a project in a venue or public space may need to consider any Victorian Government regulations and advice regarding considerations for planning for a COVID safe event.
Applicants should be familiar with venue COVID-safe measures as part of any venue hire arrangement.
Applicants planning events in public space will be required to apply for a COPP Events permit.
Contact: Sharyn Dawson, Arts Grants and Funding Officer
Mob: 0466 933 057
Phone: 9209 6165
Making your event accessible
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:
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.
Previously funded projects
In 2022 Council awarded $187,000 for 18 successful projects.
2022-CDF-Projects grants recipients (DOCX 62 KB)
2022-CDF-Projects grants recipients (PDF 223 KB)
In 2021 Council awarded $186,975 for 18 successful projects.
2021-CDF-Projects grants recipients (DOCX 61 KB)
2021-CDF-Projects grants recipients (PDF 264 KB)
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.
In 2021/22 a total of $192,911 has been awarded to 19 projects.
2021/22 CDF-Projects recipients (DOCX 61 KB)
2021/22 CDF-Projects recipients (PDF 178 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 Access support contact, contact ASSIST.
Sharyn Dawson, Arts Grants and Funding Officer
Mob: 0466 933 057
Phone: 9209 6165