Arts and culture quick response grants

We are offering arts and culture quick response grants for the first time this year. A pool of $20,000 is available and applicants can apply for up to $2,000.

We want to encourage our creative community to reach out and collaborate with other groups and organisations that have also been significantly impacted by COVID-19. This fund supports responsive, exciting, community-focused projects that will enliven and engage clients, communities and customers of affected partner organisations.

You must read the full guidelines(PDF, 148KB) and speak with a Council officer before submitting your application.

Key dates

  • Rolling grant round opens on 14 July 2020 and close on 1 December 2020 (or until all funds have been allocated).
  • Applications can be submitted at any time during this period, and decisions will be made within 3 weeks of submission.
  • Projects must be delivered between July 2020 and February 2021.
  • Projects must be acquitted no later than 2 months after project delivery.

We will review this program in September to ensure we are meeting community needs.

This may result in changes to our process and guidelines.


Applicants must:

  • be an artist or creative practitioner living or regularly working/practicing in Banyule; or
  • be a creative organisation or group based in or providing services to the Banyule community;
  • have a confirmed partnership with a local group or organisation that has been directly affected by the COVID 19 crisis;
  • have an ABN, or be willing to complete a statement by supplier; and
  • hold public liability Insurance of up to $10,000,000 at the time of project commencement and throughout.

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

Applications CLOSED

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


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:

  • strength of the project idea (30%);
  • benefit to partner organisations and the Banyule Community (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, 148KB).


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

  • a budget showing how grant funds have been spent, including scanned copies of receipts, invoices or bank statements;
  • the benefit to the partner organisation and community;
  • detail about any partnerships that were formed;
  • any key learnings for you as an artist or creative practitioner.


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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