Creative Yarra and Engage Yarra Grants


The Creative Yarra and Engage Yarra 2020-2021 grant round is now open.

Organisations and individual artists can now apply for two consecutive years of fixed funding from the Biennial Arts and Cultural funding streams Creative Yarra and Engage Yarra 2020–2021.

The funded activities in each round will be of high cultural and artistic merit and demonstrate a strong link with Yarra’s community.

Bus Projects Fundraiser exhibition instal

Photo: Bus Projects, exhibition view, Edition Exhibition 2018. Photograph Christo Crocker.

These grants are designed to provide security and reduce administration costs for recipients. We aim to enable the extended development of creative activity over a two year period, support creative organisations in building greater capacity, and deliver the best outcomes in our City.

Eligible organisations can apply for up to $30,000 per annum, while eligible individual practitioners can apply for up to $15,000 per annum. 

Applications will be accepted online until 1 April 2019 with decisions expected in June. Information about eligibility and round priorities is included in the Creative Yarra and Engage Yarra 2020-2021 Guidelines.

Information Sessions will be held on:

Tuesday 19 February, 6 - 7pm
Location: Meeting Room 1, Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond


Friday 22 February, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library, 182-186 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy.

Curious about past grant recipients? View the list of successful programs in the 2017-2019 Creative Yarra Round. Remember, there are substantial changes in the program this year, including the introduction of the Engage Yarra stream.

Preparing your application

Applications can be submitted through City of Yarra's SmartyGrants portal from 18 February until 1 April 2019.

Make sure you have read the Creative Yarra and Engage Yarra 2020-2021 Guidelines before starting your application.

Other documents you might find helpful while preparing your application are:

Got a question?

If you have a question about Creative Yarra and Engage Yarra grants, you can ask us online, or call us on 9205 5170 or 9205 5146.