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Flourish Arts Recovery Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Australian arts and culture sector. Many artists and arts organisations have reported considerable financial hardship due to event cancellations and loss of income. These grants aim to help Moreland’s arts and culture sector recover and flourish.

Applications open Wednesday 11 August and will close at midnight on Wednesday 15 September 2021.

Information Session Wednesday 25 August 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm online. 

Register for Information Session

Grant Categories:

• Individual Artists (up to $5,000) - for individuals, sole traders and freelancers.
• Arts Organisations (up to $10,000) - for collectives, ensembles and not-for-profit businesses.


• To support local artists and arts organisations to survive the impacts of COVID-19.
• To strengthen the capacity of local artists and arts organisations.
• To support local artists and arts organisations to navigate new models of engagement.
• To build connection and engagement through community led arts and cultural activities.
• To support and encourage more people to be involved with arts and culture in Moreland.

Funding Preferences:

We will give preference to applications which:
• Showcase Moreland as a vibrant arts location.
• Encourage and champion diversity and Aboriginal culture.
• Show respectful partnerships with other artists, community groups and/or organisations.
• Align with commitments in Moreland’s Arts and Culture Strategy: Creative Capital.
• Clearly show how the initiative will impact and/or grow Moreland’s arts sector.
• Encourage environmental sustainability in line with Council’s policies.
• Align with identified priority groups from the Moreland Human Rights Policy 2016 – 2026.
• Show financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Please read the Flourish: Arts Recovery Grants Program Guidelines

Flourish: Arts Recovery Grants Program Guidelines 2021 (PDF 266 Kb)

Flourish: Arts Recovery Grants Program Guidelines 2021 (DOC 848 Kb)

For information and assistance contact Emma Crofts, Arts Officer on 9240 2486 (Tues/Wed) or email 

Apply for Flourish: Arts Recovery Grants Program

    • Alana Holmberg: Porch Diaries (Exhibition)
    • Blakademy - Blak Dot Gallery: Around the Fire (Blakademy Public Program 2020-2021)
    • Bunk Puppets: Organisational Funding - Company diversification and core planning
    • Dylan Martorell: Sonaflora Field Guide (Interactive Experience)
    • Eddie Botha Creations: Fawkner Bowls Club Community Mural
    • Fleur Murphy: Research and development of a new play script, The Fence
    • GalleryGalleryInc: Inside Out Projection Window (Exhibition)
    • Jade Imagine: Recoding of their second album
    • James Ruse: Untitled short film project
    • Jazzlab: Jazzlab Digital Corona Sessions (Pilot program)
    • Joel Ma: Development of Joelistics Presents Film School into a live performance and short film
    • June Lamb: Creation of Video clip for Home, the 3rd single off June Jones' upcoming album release
    • Kate Lefoe: Development of an online LGBTIQ community for Wicked Women web series
    • Lemony S Puppet Theatre: Open design process & puppetry workshops
    • Melbourne Minute: Melbourne lo-fi hip hop radio
    • Melbourne Sound School: Sound School - Watch and Learn Program
    • Merlo Art Collective: People on the Streets (Exhibition)
    • Milk Records Pty Ltd: Organisational Funding - Supporting Moreland based recording artists at Milk Records
    • Nicola Castle: The Alt-Right Addiction (Film)
    • NOIR Darkroom: Organisational Funding - Supporting Exhibiting Moreland Artists at NOIR
    • Norm Warehouse: Organisational Funding - Supporting Moreland Artists at NORM Warehouse
    • Pink Ember Studio: Pink Ember Workshops Series
    • Riot Stage: Everyone Is Famous (short film)
    • Roosevelt Street Studios Inc: Organisational Funding - Supporting Moreland Artists at Roosevelt Street Studios
    • Simon Aubor: Moreland: 23/03/2020 to xx/xx/xxxx (Photographic project)
    • Stephanie Lake Company: Creation of new work, Manifesto (Dance)
    • TCB Art Inc: Mulana - First Nations Residency Programme
    • The Listies: SMELLOVISION! Filmclips for forthcoming comedy album for children
    • The Wandering Room: 2021 Solo Exhibition Program
    • Varuni Kanagasundaram: Messages That Link Us (Kolam Ritual Drawing)

Making Space Program

Making Space is a residency program that connects creatives with temporary spaces, aids in sector recovery, and helps to express the richness and diversity of creative culture in Brunswick. Making Space is proudly delivered by Moreland City Council, RMIT and the Brunswick Design District (BDD).

The Making Space program offers up to 20 short-term creative residencies in 2021. Each residency includes use of a space for up to 4 weeks and a cash stipend of $1,000 to support the residency and development of projects.

In addition to the stipend, successful applicants will be provided with a workspace and a hosting service to get them set up and ready to work on their project. This will give recipients the introductions, power, access, and support they need to connect with the local creative community, ensuring they get the most out of their residency.

BDD partners Moreland City Council and RMIT are partnering with Siteworks operators, These Are The Projects We Do Together to host this pilot program. Blak Dot Gallery is also a key partner and will provide work and gallery space for First Nations creatives through their Blak Academy program.

    • Offer immediate relief to creatives in the BDD
    • Unlock underutilised publicly owned spaces for making/creating within the BDD
    • Strengthen the creative ecology and partner networks within the BDD
    • Test the viability of a program that has potential to grow
    • Demonstrate the aims and values of the BDD partnership

    Applications are now closed.

Melbourne Fringe Microgrants

We offered a number of microgrants to cover registration fees for selected Melbourne Fringe artists living or presenting their Melbourne Fringe Festival show in 2020.

  • Through arts participation, Melbourne Fringe sparks artistic, cultural and personal discovery for Melbourne and its citizens.

    We celebrate cultural democracy: the idea of art for everyone and our work explores the intersection between art and citizenship – the right for anyone to contribute to the cultural life of their city as creators and producers of artworks. We promote alternative viewpoints and celebrate those at the margins: the young, the queer, the disabled, the culturally diverse, the bravest artists exploring the boldest ideas.

    By finding ideas at the edge of our culture and drawing them into a central focus, our work explores the peripheral, the new and the not-yet-widely understood aspects of cultural expression.

    Applications are now closed.