Moreland City Council

Flourish: Arts Recovery 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.


  • 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 develop and deliver quality recovery projects for the wider community
  • To support the local arts ecology in navigating new models of engagement
  • To build connection and engagement through community led arts and cultural activities
  • To support and encourage more people to engage with arts and culture in Moreland

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

How to apply for a Flourish: Arts Recovery Grants

This program is only open to applicants whose primary business is in the arts sector. This includes literature, music, theatre, musical theatre, opera, dance, circus, comedy, puppetry, arts festivals, visual arts and crafts, community arts, experimental arts and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts.

Applications need to be submitted online via Moreland City Council’s Smarty Grants administration system. Council can accept video applications through Smarty Grants however please check with the Arts Officer for details on how to submit your video application.

The program will open from Thursday 9 July and close midnight Sunday 9 August 2020.

Notification will occur in October for projects undertaken between November 2020 and December 2021. Before you apply, and for more information, please read the guidelines below:


An online information session will be held on:

DATE: 12:30pm-1:30pm,  Wednesday 15 July 2020
LOCATION: Online login details will be sent with your booking confirmation. 
COST: Free, but bookings are essential
(An Auslan Interpreter will be made available upon request)

Enquiries regarding this grant program should be made to Moreland Arts Grants or phone 9240 2486

Moreland City Council encourages applications from local creative practitioners who are members of culturally and linguistically diverse; LGBTQI+; Deaf; and/or disability communities and Moreland’s local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Thursday 9 July, 2020
Sunday 9 August, 2020
Venue Address

Melbourne , Moreland

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