Arts, Culture and Heritage Specific Resources


Federal Government Arts and Entertainment Package – Arts sector to share in $250M COVID-19 relief package comprising new loans and grants. 

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.


Business Victoria – $5,000 Grant under the Business Support Fund Expansion Program.

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

           Arts and Culture Return to Business Guidelines. Helping organisations and venues prepare to safely reopen and return to business.

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 – $15 million package of support for Victorian Live Music Venues. 

            – VicArts Grants:Investing in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies.

Live Music Australia  Supporting venues to host live music. Opportunity for small to medium sized venues that support quality original Australian live music.

Creative Partnerships Australia – Plus1 Dollar for Dollar Match Fundraising Program for small-medium not-for-profit arts organisations. 

Regional Arts Victoria – Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost. Three streams of funding available Relief, Recovery & Renewal. 

Australian Council for the Arts –  Art projects for individuals, groups and funding opportunities for organisations.  Supporting a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. 

           – Cherish II Fund grants are available to First Nations individuals, groups and organisations

City of Greater Geelong – COVID-19 Business Recovery Grants. Designed to help business affected by COVID-19 innovate, adapt and bounce back.

             – COVID 19 Community Grants.  Designed to fund activities that will help our community adapt to, and recover from, the changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). 

             – COVID 19 Arts, Culture & Heritage Recovery Grants.  Supporting the continued ability to create art. There is a total grant pool of $150,000 with individual grants being offered of up to $5,000 per application. 

             – Creative Communities Grant Program. Two main streams Arts Projects & Festival-Arts Grants.

Learn how to put together a strong funding application through a range of grant writing workshops. Current workshop available: Grant Writing Workshop for Arts, Music & Creative Industries run by Auspicious Arts Projects Inc.

Federal Treasury – Cash Flow. Temporary cash flow payments up to $100,000 are available to keep eligible small to medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organisations operating, pay rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff.

Support Act – Crisis Relief Grant for music professionals impacts by COVID-19.

National Arts and Disability AwardsCelebrating the work and achievements of both established and young artists, and the significant contribution of artists with disability to the vibrancy of Australian arts.

Pantera Press Discovering, launching and nurturing talented Australian authors who write quality fiction or non-fiction for a popular audience. Submit your manuscript.

SBS Emerging Writers Competition – A search for the next generation of bold new voices that reflect the diversity of contemporary Australia.

NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts) – Artists Benevolent Fund aims to provide modest but useful one-off financial assistance to Australian visual artists in crisis as a result of fire, flood, storm, serious illness, major accident, declared state or national emergencies, or some other unexpected catastrophic experience.

Online – Business Support: Workshops & Webinars

Australian Council for the Arts – Think inside the square. Every week, industry experts, artists and digital adaptors will join a panel to discuss solutions and ideas that inform the creative industry.

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

Develop your business with Upskill My Business choose from a range of free online learning courses and webinars.

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.

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) – COVID-19 support from IBA and some of the useful links to other resources. 

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. COVID-19 Business Webinar – Delivering support and practical advice from experts across the board on a range of business challenges you’re facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

An additional list of Online Training Resources.


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

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

                                     – Music Industry restriction levels: Regional Victoria. Mapping regional Victoria’s pathway to “COVID Nomal’ for work.

                                     – Safely reopening Victoria. Steps towards ‘COVID Normal’ in regional Victoria.

                                     – Victorian Live Music Venues program is a competitive grants program that seeks to support Victoria’s live music venues to respond to the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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

              COVID-19 Guidence Note for Live Music Venues. Helping commercial live music venues navigate their business and operations while running shows during COVID-19 restrictions. 

APRA AMCOS – 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.

Sound of Silence. Australian music industry support campaign.

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. 

Support Act. Supporting music workers impacted by COVID-19. Caring for live production professionals.

              Crisis Relief Grant for music professionals impacts by COVID-19.

Live Music and Performance Venue Survey Support campaign.

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.

               Lost works for Artists and creatives of colour survey. Help advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) creatives affected by cancellations and postponements in the creative industries.

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

Music Australia additional resources and opportunities. 

Performing Arts

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

Media, Entertainment and Arts AllianceComplete the survey about the impact of coronavirus on your work and income in the media, entertainment and arts industries.

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

Geelong Art Centre – Live streamed 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.

Back to Back TheatreCOVID-19 Resources Library.

PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) –  Performers’ Trust Fund aims to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts.


SBS Emerging Writers Competition – A search for the next generation of bold new voices that reflect the diversity of contemporary Australia.

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.

Platform Arts –  Supporting Geelong’s young makers and creators. 

             Platform Lab offering time, space, mentorship and financial investment for up to four individuals or collectives to undertake new works, research, experiments and collaborations.


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.

Screen Australia – COVID-19 Resource Directory. 

Mental Wellbeing Resources: 

Australian Government National Mental Health Commission – #InThisTogether: Supporting our mental health during Coronavirus.

Head to Health – Supporting Australian’s with mental health strategies, links and guidence during COVID-19.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective – Looking after your mental health during COVID-19. 

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

Beyond Blue – Mental health support.

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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