Arts, Culture and Heritage Specific Resources


Australia Council

The Australia Council has announced its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.

Australia Council’s Resilience Fund, opened Friday 3rd April 2020, in light of the impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector.

          Reactivate – a practical, user-friendly guide for independent artists and organisations. Outlining how to confidently comply with government guidelines to recommence practice and open doors to welcome audiences, visitors and customers. Complying with the existing requirements of steps 2 and 3 of the Australian Government’s 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.

          Reimagine – an industry plan beyond the current step 3. Positioning arts and cultural activity at the heart of the nation’s recovery. 

A series of surveys regarding how different artists have been impacted are also available to take part in through the Australia Council website.

Australian Communities Foundation and Philanthropy Australia have partnered to coordinate and support the philanthropic response to COVID-19

Australian Cultural Fund managed by Creative Partnerships Australia offers a national fundraising platform for our cultural and creative sectors.

Indigenous Languages and Arts program. Supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia.


Creative Victoria Creative Victoria drawing together support information for the creative industries in Victoria.

Multicultural Arts Victoria – Support for Cultural Artists

Regional Arts Victoria provide a list of practical resources for regional Artists.

Living Heritage Program – Supporting the ongoing and sustainable use of our most significant heritage assets. 

Working for Victoria Initiative – Helping Victorian jobseekers find work and employers find workers. This includes people who have lost their jobs, or businesses who need more workers due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).Designed to connect workers with new opportunities that will help our community and contribute to Victoria’s ability to respond to the pandemic.

Museums Victoria – Explore a range of resources readily available online from the Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum, Geelong’s Heritage Collections, National Wool Museum Interactive StoriesACMI.                              

Grants & Funding Opportunities 

Creative Victoria’s Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative. Seeking to support the continued work of Victoria’s independent creative practitioners who have been negatively impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Erin Thomas Playwright Fund. For emerging playwrights from regional or remote areas, the Erin Thomas Playwright Fund will be supporting those to work with a dramaturg or director on new work via digital platforms.

Broadtree Foundation Funding. One-off funding for initiatives which support organisations and groups impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Gordon Darling Foundation Grants. The Foundation will consider funding projects that provide new or increased audience access to the visual arts.

Community Bank Community Investment Program. For Anglesea, Lorne, Winchelsea Bendigo Community Bank Branches. 

Surfcoast Shire Small Grants Program. Encouraging development of project ideas and improvement of services in Surf Coast Shire.

Online – Business Support: Workshops & Webinars

Small Business’ VictoriaOnline Workshops to improve your skills to start, run and grow your business.  

VMDO – Victoria’s Digital Creator Program: Learn how to create and share online content.

Creative Connections – Online Webinar Series.

Arts Action – Online Workshops covering ways for visual artists’ to work together effectively and explore digital communities. 

Creative Partnerships AustraliaOne-on-one coaching and advice: providing expert advice on philanthropy, fundraising and development, and securing investment and partnerships for artists and arts organisations.

Surfcoast PortalElevate your practice, your creativity, your wellbeing with Portal’s workshops.

An additional list of Online Training Resources.


Music Victoria and Victorian Music Development Office have put together some useful resources for the Victorian music industry.

Creative Victoria – Music Industry Support Package for the development of new work, training, professional and business development, and mentoring for music industry workers.

Creativity Australia: With One Voice – Strengthening communities and inspiring individuals to find their voice.

APRA AMCOS – Support & Advocate Sustainability Fund: Providing direct financial support to songwriter and composer members in the creation of new music.

                          At the home sessions – 3-2-1 Sessions. Three hours, Two songwriters, One song.

                          Find out more about what APRA AMCOS are doing to support during COVID-19.

Level Up Grants. Tripe J Unearthed are offering a range of financial grants to help level up music careers.

                           Sounds Australia offering tips on how to make your grants application stand out.

I Lost My Gig. Many performers, businesses and contractors have lost vital income. I Lost My Gig has tallied up impact results within the Music Industry.

Online Live Recharge Festival 2020. Supporting Victoria’s creative industries in a free live streaming weekly event.

Australian Entertainment Industry – Mental Health Support. Free Mental Health Support Videos Helping the Australian Entertainment Industry.

Diversity Arts Australia. Leading a series of workshops designed to assist music business professionals to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse artists, businesses, communities and audiences.

Musica Viva is proud to present a new music competition, Strike A Chord for students.

Music Australia additional resources and opportunities. 

Performing Arts

Melbourne Fringe Festival together with Arts Centre Melbourne, brings this years’ 2020 Take Over program supporting visionary artists to push their creative boundaries.

Network Theatre Australia1000 X 1000: Crisis cash for independent artists in the performing arts who have been significantly affected by COVID-19 in Australia

Australian Entertainment Industry – Mental Health Support. Free Mental Health Support Videos Helping the Australian Entertainment Industry.

Geelong Art Centre Livestreamed performances: Where Creativity Meets Home.

Social distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world.

Audience Outlook MonitorFirst stage Survey Results Revealed. Australia’s largest survey exploring how audiences feel about supporting the arts during and after coronavirus (COVID-19).

Back to Back TheatreCOVID-19 Resources Library 


Copyright Agency – Create Grants: The Copyright Agency’s Create Grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work. The grants provide a living allowance to a writer or a visual artist to write or create a new work for publication or exhibition.

Australian Lending Right Schemes (ELR/PLR) – Australian book publishers or creators—authors, illustrators, editors, translators and compilers—can be compensated for the loss of income through the free multiple use of their work in Australian public and educational lending libraries. 

Geelong Library & Heritage CentreYour Library @Home: A range of educational, informative and entertaining video and audio content, including virtual events, online resources and links to quality information and cultural experiences. Free content suitable for children & families, youth and adults.


Creative Futures Funding for design learning and thinking in schools. Creative Futures (Limited) is nurturing the next generation of artists, designers and design thinkers through its Schools Scholarships and Grants Program.

M Pavilion – Calling young young creatives. If you are interested in programming, curating, art, design and architecture you have the opportunity to join M_Curators.


ABC Fresh Start Fund – Fund to support the Australian production industry to create Australian content. Costs that can be covered by the fund include a wide range of materials related to pitching concepts such as pitch documents, scripts, animation tests and more.

Film Victoria – Film & Television. Assigned production investment.

Other Resources:

Arts Access Victoria:

GenU Support for Carers During COVID-19:

NAVA Advocacy Toolkit: Helping government understand the need for urgent stimulus. If you’d like to tell the Government what is needed in your sector, here is what yo can do and how to do it.

Department of Health:

Prime Minister’s website:

The Office for the Arts:

World Health Organisation:

There is also an arts focused wellbeing help line available via Support Act.


City of Greater Geelong Response

The health of our Region’s employees, volunteers and community is our top priority.

The City of Greater Geelong’s response to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is being guided by the latest advice from Commonwealth and State authorities.

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City of Greater Geelong Corona Virus Support


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