Arts and culture project grants

A pool of $60,000 is available and applicants can apply for up to $10,000.

This fund supports local creative individuals and organisations to undertake high quality creative projects that activate and benefit our community spaces.

You must read the full guidelines(PDF, 804KB) and speak with a Council officer before submitting your application.

Key dates

  • Grant round opens on 2 August 2021 and closes on 3 October 2021.
  • Assessment and decisions made from October 2021.
  • Successful applicants advised by email in mid to late November 2020.
  • Projects can start from 1 January 2022.
  • Projects must be completed by December 2022.

Information video

Check out this information session that covers all you need to know about applying.


Applicants must:

  • have appropriate auspice support (unless you are applying as an incorporated organisation)
  • have an ABN, or be willing to complete a statement by supplier;
  • hold public liability Insurance of up to $10,000,000 at the time of project commencement and throughout;
  • work, live or provide significant evidence of practice in the Banyule community (individuals); or
  • provide support, programs or services to people living in Banyule (groups);=

Additional requirements for groups

Applicants must:

  • provide a current detailed profit and loss statement or a detailed, current financial statement (bank statements are not appropriate and should not be submitted); and
  • be either a legally constituted not for profit entity, a charity or benevolent trust, or a public not-for-profit company.

You can speak to a Council officer if you would like to discuss insurance options.


Applications must be submitted through Smarty Grants. Register and start a new application: you can save and return to your application at any time.

Apply for an individual project grant

Apply for a group project grant


Project submissions will be assessed at least 2 relevant officers from the Arts and Culture Team, and will score applications against 4 criteria. The officers will then recommend or not recommend the project for funding.

Final decisions will then be made by a Council manager based on officer recommendations.


Your project will be assessed on:

  • benefit to the Banyule community (30%);
  • value for money (30%);
  • likelihood of success (30%); and
  • local investment of goods and services (10%).

For a full breakdown of these criteria, including key prompts, read the grant guidelines(PDF, 804KB).


You will need to report on how your grant funds were used, including:

  • benefit to the community;
  • benefit to your practice or organisation;
  • audience or participant numbers;
  • key creative and community outcomes; and
  • key learnings for you as an artist or creative practitioner.

To successfully acquit your grant, you must submit receipts for your expenses.


The grants process is open and accessible to everyone, including if:

  • you need a printed copy of the guidelines or a printed copy in large print;
  • you need to discuss these guidelines by phone;
  • you need the guidelines in a captioned video format;
  • you need to discuss the guidelines with us using the services of an Auslan interpreter;
  • your hearing or speech is impaired, you can call us through the National Relay Service on 133 677 (TTY) or 1300 555 727 on an ordinary handset and ask for 9490 4222;
  • you need a language interpreter please contact TIS National on 131 450 and ask to be connected to us on 9490 4222; or
  • you need a printed form and support to enter information into SmartyGrants please contact us for assistance.

If you face any barriers to applying and would like to discuss these or any other ways we can help you, please contact us.

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