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2022 Annual Arts Grants

This is a preview of the 2022 Annual Arts Grants application form form. When you’re ready to apply, click Fill Out Now to begin.

Introduction and eligibility

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Annual arts grants support artists at all career stages and across all art practices to develop and realise ideas in 2022. Grants are available to individual artists and small to medium arts organisations for one-off projects or a component of an annual program, and creative developments.

Grant categories:

  • Arts project grants
  • Aboriginal arts project grants (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only)
  • Up to $20,000 for the creation and presentation of projects that result in a public outcome (either online or at a venue/location within the City of Melbourne boundaries). 
  • Up to $5,000 for creative developments only (with no public outcome).

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR APPLICANTS: City of Melbourne municipal boundaries

Our geographic footprint encompasses Docklands, East Melbourne, Fishermans Bend, Jolimont, Kensington, North Melbourne, Melbourne’s central business district, Parkville, South Wharf, West Melbourne and parts of Carlton, Carlton North, Flemington, Port Melbourne, South Yarra and Southbank. The City of Melbourne municipality does not include the broader Melbourne metropolitan area. If in doubt about the suburb boundaries check our interactive maps at

Applicants are advised to read the guidelines thoroughly before proceeding with an application.


In submitting my application, I agree to have complied with the following:

  • I have read and understood the City of Melbourne 2022 Annual Arts Grants guidelines and my proposal complies with the application requirements, conditions and eligibility.
  • My application will not be accepted if it is not lodged by the stated close date through SmartyGrants or does not have all the required materials.
  • I/my organisation have no outstanding acquittals or debts to the City of Melbourne.
  • I understand that the proposed activity must occur in 2022.
  • Applications for online presentation or a creative development without an outcome must demonstrate a relationship to the City of Melbourne.
  • My application will not be accepted if a proposed outcome location or venue is not within the City of Melbourne boundaries.
  • I understand that I must contact City of Melbourne staff if my proposed activity occurs in an outdoor space.
  • I or the activities proposed in this application do not denigrate, exclude or offend parts of the community or breach Commonwealth and State anti-vilification laws.
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