Arts and Culture Grant Program

Council is seeking applications from community not-for-profit groups and organisations that align with objectives of the Arts and Culture Strategy to create: 

  • An inclusive creative community through participation.

  • A well respected, connected arts community by raising the profile. 

  • Activated town centres and rural communities through celebrating place. 

Purpose of the funding: 

The Arts and Culture Grant Program will support initiatives that:  

  • Provide workshops and activities that provide opportunities for community members to connect and participate in Arts and Culture. 
  • Provide training and skill building opportunities to increase the capacity of groups to deliver public arts and culture experiences. 
  • Develop projects, programming or events to activate  public spaces for arts and cultural activities.


Applications for Arts and Culture Grant funding can be up to $5000.  

Grants opened on 5 September and close on 17 October 2022.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for an Arts and Culture Grant, applicants are required to be: 

  • Be a not for profit or incorporated body with an ABN or be auspiced by a not for profit or incorporated body with an ABN and able to provide documentation demonstrating the auspice agreement.  

  • Be based in, or demonstrate their project or initiative has a direct benefit to the residents of the Northern Grampians Shire. 

  • Be able to demonstrate financial viability and competence. 

  • Not already receive substantial support from council. 

  • Be able to be compliant with council’s regulatory requirements.  

  • Provide evidence of Liability Insurance. Events, activities, or construction that have a likelihood of causing damage or personal injury must have public liability insurance (of at least $20 million). Other amounts will be considered where there is no likelihood of damage or injury. 

Applicants will not be eligible if:
  • Organisations or groups are based outside the Northern Grampians Shire, unless the project can be proven to still have benefit to residents of Northern Grampians Shire.  

  • Applicants have already received substantial grants funding within the same financial year. 

  • Applicants are an individual applying for funds. 

  • Funds are contributing towards operating costs e.g., wages/utilities.   

  • The funding is clearly the responsibility of other spheres of Government i.e., Arts and Culture Victoria.  

  • Projects duplicate other locally available services or resources. 

  • The project or initiative has commenced prior to the date on which the funds are released.  

  • Applications are for ongoing or recurrent funding. 

  • Previous funding received from council has not been acquitted satisfactorily. 


Application Forms 

Before submitting your Arts and Culture Grant application it is helpful to:

  1. Check that you meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Speak to a member of the council's Community Development Team to ensure you are applying for the most suitable grant.
  3. Read the program guidelines to understand your obligations and guide your application. 

When you are ready to apply you can access the application form at Arts and Culture application form




Writing a grant application can be daunting. To make it a little easier this section provides a range of documents and information that will assist in making your grant writing experience a positive one.  

Helpful hints for grant writing(PDF, 147KB)

Arts and Culture Auspice agreement.pdf(PDF, 148KB)

Arts and Culture Auspice agreement-word.docx(DOCX, 113KB)

Project plan template(PDF, 126KB)




The appropriate acquittal form will be available in your Smarty Grants account once you have received the funds. The form is due one month after the specified completion date detailed in your application form.