Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a dramatic impact on creative communities and landscapes across the world. The City of Yarra – a city of the arts, a city of music, where artists have brought so much inspiration and joy to our residents and visitors – is determined to do what we can to support our creative community in this time.
Council has developed a $7.46 million package of immediate financial assistance and medium-term support for our community and local businesses to ensure that they are supported during this unparalleled COVID-19 pandemic and through the recovery phase. Within this package is $185,000 for the immediate establishment of a quick response grant program to help artists, creative organisations and businesses to make new work, to adapt their businesses or to find new ways to present their creativity. The Creative Business Quick Response Grants and the Creative Community Quick Response Grants were launched on 9 April.
Council received an overwhelming number of applications seeking support and the program has since been paused because we expect the funding pool to be exhausted by mid-May.
There have been many great projects and ideas that we would love to support but are simply beyond our means.
At the urging of a Yarra resident, we have started a public campaign to secure more money to support more artists in Yarra.
Donations to the Yarra Creative COVID-19 Quick Grants fund will be distributed to local creatives through Council’s Creative Community COVID-19 Quick Response Grant program.
The grant program supports our local artists to keep on creating during these times and provides opportunities for the local and wider community to continue to experience the creative expressions of Yarra artists.
Find out more by visiting https://arts.yarracity.vic.gov.au/opportunities/grants#accordion-creative-community-grants
Image: Fast Fashun at School House Studios. Photo: Alexis Desaulniers-Lea