Arts Activation Grants Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Australian arts and culture sector, with local artists and arts organisations reporting considerable financial hardship due to event cancellations and loss of income. The Moreland City Council Plan 2017 - 2021 and the Arts and Culture Strategy 2017 - 2022 both aim to ‘strengthen and invest in the significant creative sector in Moreland and enhance its standing as a destination for the arts’.

Moreland City Council recognises the challenges the sector is currently facing and has established the Flourish: Arts Recovery Grants as a once-off grant program to support the local sector during this crisis. These grants have been designed to help the arts and culture sector of Moreland flourish. This grant program will temporarily replace the 2020/2021 Arts Activation and Arts Investment Grants.
Click the link to learn more about the Flourish: Arts Recovery Grant program.

The Arts Activation and Arts Investment Grants program will resume in 2021/2022.


Arts Activation Grants offer funding and skill-building opportunities to support community-led ideas, big and small, which engage Moreland's community with the arts.

The Arts Activation Grants are a revision of the previous Celebrating Place Grants, with the main improvements being access to greater funding, access to funding over consecutive years and a greater focus on arts and cultural outcomes and engagement.

Objectives of the Arts Activation Grants

  • Build connection and pride in place through community led arts and cultural activities
  • Support and encourage more people to engage with arts and culture in Moreland
  • Build and support local capacity to develop and deliver quality arts and culture activities

Grant types

  • Activation grants - up to $8,000 for one-off activities.
  • Annual events - funding for up to three consecutive years, up to $8,000 per year, for events that can demonstrate they have delivered the objectives of the grant program for two or more consecutive years.

How to apply for an Arts Activation Grant

Details of the 2021 grant round will be posted here in the future. Please refer to the Flourish: Arts Recovery Grant program for details regarding this years grant opportunity.

Information regarding the 2019 Program can be found in the guidelines below:

Inclusive and accessible

For tips and advice on how to maximise participation and make your event as inclusive and accessible as possible, download Moreland City Council's:

Moreland City Council encourage applications from artists from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, artists with disability, and artists from every culture, gender and sexuality identity, age and ethnic background.

Events guide

For information, forms, checklists and templates to help your event go off without a hitch visit our events guide.

Other Funding Opportunities

For information on other available Moreland City Council grants, head to the Community Grants program page

Successful applicants and funding allocation in 2019

Activation grants

Ngioka Bunda-Heath, Birrpai ($8000)
The development and presentation of a new work, Birrpai, by emerging First Nations Artist, Ngioka Bunda-Heath at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute in 2019 (development) and Blak Dot Gallery (presentation) as part of the Next Wave Festival 2020.

BabySteps, Dead End Film Festival ($8000)
Presentation of the 3rd Annual Dead End Film Festival, a unique community celebration of alternative short films at the Coburg Drive-in. The event celebrates alternative storytelling and diverse perspectives in an environment that is inclusive and accessible.

Fern Smith, The Seas Is Sinking ($8000)
Harnessing the community’s creativity, The Sea is Sinking is a series of workshops with local primary schools, neighbourhood houses and FernArtz Studio resulting in a participatory art installation of an imagined underwater environment to be held at Merlynston Progress Hall in November 2019.

Sharon Plummer, Making Marks: Australia to Afghanistan ($7810)
An exhibition of ‘The Handkerchief Project’ (Making Marks: Australia to Afghanistan), a participatory exchange between female Australian artists and literacy / sewing students at the Organisation of Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities (OPAWC) Vocational Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Chelle Destefano, The Auslan Movement ($5331)
The presentation of a new multi-disciplinary work The Auslan Movement by Deaf Artist, Chelle Destefano.  The work uses performance, interactive art and sculpture to address the critical issue of communication and provides an opportunity for Deaf and Hearing communities to come together and view new perspectives of language.

No Borders Music Launch ($5145)
No Borders Music will host a launch event for the release of a short 30min film and a genre crossing album recorded by refugees at the borders of Europe in collaboration with local Moreland musicians. The event aims to promote pride and build connections in the Moreland community by supporting the underrepresented voices and music of refugees, showing solidarity to their cause, and encouraging cultural fusions in artistic practices.

Annual events

Tongberang’I Ngarrga Inc, Ngarrga Reconciliation Gathering
(Year 1 - $8000, Year 2 - $7000, Year 3 - $6000)
3 years annual funding for the Ngarrga Reconciliation Gathering celebrating contemporary Aboriginal urban culture, identity and connection to Country by bringing the Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal community coming together in celebration of reconciliation, cultural diversity and collective health and wellbeing.

Merri Murnong, Murnong Gathering
(Year 2 - $6,000, Year 3 - $4,000)  

The harvest and cook up of edible indigenous plants, dancing, stories, ochre handprints and community arts project.

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