Arts Development Seed Fund

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The Arts Development Seed Fund provides funding to artists and community groups for art projects and initiatives that provide outcomes for the benefit of the community.

For 2021 the program’s theme is ‘Come Together: Sharing Space, Valuing Connection’.


The Arts Development Seed Fund is closed for 2021. Assessment is currently underway and we look forward to announcing the new  projects in due course. 

Read the Seed Fund guidelines(PDF, 136KB)


What is the Arts Development Seed Fund?

The Arts Development Seed Fun is about creative responses to urgent issues. Inspired by the longing for connection in this pandemic era, the 2021 theme ‘Come Together: Sharing Space, Valuing Connection’ encourages projects that reflect and reimagine our collective experience of this unique time.  We invite artists and community organisations to create outdoor events or activities that help reconnect the community and celebrate our shared love of place. 

The Arts Development Seed Fund encourages collaborations between Surf Coast artists, local businesses, schools and community groups.

First Nations artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Arts Development Seed Fund supports the development of collaborative art projects between Surf Coast artists, local businesses, schools and organisations. The fund seeks projects that will attract a matched contribution from applicants (including in-kind contributions) to deliver arts and environmental outcomes that will grow beyond the life of this project.

Funding is available for art projects that:

  • encourage creative collaborations between local artists, community groups and businesses;

  • encourage social re-connection and cultivate the evolution of arts events and activities in a COVID-safe environment;

  • provoke thought, conversations and/or action on topics of local relevance as identified by Council;

  • activate public places to create vibrant, creative spaces that encourage community interaction and engagement; and

  • encourage and enable groups or individuals across the Shire to collaborate and share knowledge, skills and resources.

How much can be applied for?

Grants between $1000 - $5000 may be applied for by projects that meet the selection criteria.

For more information contact Council’s Arts Development Officer, Harriet Gaffney on 

52610600 or hgaffney@surfcoast.vic.gov.au