Arts and Culture Grant Program

Northern Grampians Shire Council is seeking suitable applications from local community not-for-profit groups and organisations that align with our Arts and Culture Strategy objectives to create: 
  • An inclusive creative community, through participation.
  • A well-respected and connected arts community, by raising the profile of arts and culture.
  • Activated town centres and rural communities, through the celebration of place.

Purpose of the funding: 

In alignment with the Arts and Culture Strategy and Public Art Guidelines 2023 objectives, projects and initiatives needed to focus on one of the following priority areas.  

  • The provision of workshops and activities that provide opportunities for community members to connect and participate in arts and culture.
  • Design and/or deliver smaller scale public art murals to activate public spaces. 
  • Activities that help raise the profile of arts and culture in the shire.


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


Eligibility criteria

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

  • 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 be 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, Northern Grampians Shire. 

  • Be able to demonstrate financial viability and competence. 

  • Not already be receiving substantial support from council. 

  • Be able to demonstrate compliance with the 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 proven that the project will be of benefit to residents of Northern Grampians Shire.  

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

  • Applicant is 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 the 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 Community Development Team to ensure you are applying for the most suitable grant.
  3. Read the program guidelines to understand the application process and your obligations. 
  4. Read through the Arts and Culture Grant application preview(PDF, 140KB).(PDF, 137KB)


If you are ready to apply, please fill out the Arts and Culture Grant application form.

Grants open 8am on 18 March and close at 5pm on 29 April 2024. 





Writing a grant application can be daunting. This section provides a range of documents and information that will assist you with the grant writing process.

Helpful hints for grant writing(PDF, 225KB)

Arts and Culture Auspice Agreement(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 your funds. The form is due one month after the specified completion date detailed in your application form.