Arts Development Seed Funding

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

For 2019 the program will work with the theme ‘Detritus’.


Round one opens 1 March and closes 31 March, 2019


Read the Seed Funding guidelines(PDF, 81KB)

What is Detritus?

Detritus is about creative responses to urgent issues. Inspired by the Surf Coast Shire’s extraordinary natural environment and thriving arts sector, Detritus encourages artists to think beyond plastic waste collection to create public artworks that encourage a change in attitude to plastic use.

Detritus 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, organisations and businesses
  • encourage a reduction in plastic use by the community, thus reducing their impact on the Surf Coast’s unique flora and fauna
  • activate public places to create vibrant, creative spaces that encourage community interaction and engagement and deter vandalism
  • encourage and enable groups or individuals across the shire to collaborate and share knowledge, skills and resources.

How much can be applied for?

Up to $5,000 may be applied for by projects that meet the selection criteria.

 Please apply online using Smarty Grants between 1 March and 31 March.

For more information contact our Arts Development Officer on 5261 0600 or hgaffney@surfcoast.vic.gov.au.