Room to Create Responsive Grants

The Room to Create Responsive Grant Program offers quick response grants, intended to help creative spaces and live music venues stay in Yarra.

 Gallery patrons looking at artwork on the ground

Image: Natalie Jurrjens

Grant applications open 1 July 2024.

Read the Grant Guidelines (PDF 238kB) and you can apply on our Smartygrants webpage

Applicants can only receive one Room to Create Responsive Grant per financial year, and funding is capped at $2,000 for a standalone grant or at $5,000 for a matching grant – when the applicant is able to make a matching contribution towards the project.

The funds may be used for goods and/or services that will assist the creative space to operate in Yarra. For example, funds can be used for:  

  • infrastructure works, such as fit out of a studio and purchase of built-in equipment 
  • acoustic treatment related works, such as installing insulation, air locks, sound absorbing materials, gap seals etc.
  • town planning consultants to obtain advice relevant to maintaining a creative space in Yarra, including advocacy where a nearby development is proposed
  • consultant fees related to improving accessibility of the space
  • acoustic consultant fees and measuring devices/equipment
  • building surveyors fees related to assessment of an existing building
  • other materials and/or services that may assist with the venue’s management of noise and patron behaviour related complaints

Applicants who have not been funded in the previous rounds will be prioritised.


Other documents you may find helpful when completing your application include:

Past Recipients

Council invested $24,375 to seven projects through the 2023/24 Room to Create Responsive Grant Program.

For further information see the list of 2023/24 RTC Responsive Grant recipients

Got a question?

For assistance or more information, you can ask us online, or contact Arts and Culture on 9205 5212.