City of Yarra


Yarra Creative COVID-19 Quick Grants

Yarra Creative COVID-19 Quick Grants will support local artists, arts organisations and communities to keep creating in this time of change.

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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.

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Image: Fast Fashun at School House Studios. Photo: Alexis Desaulniers-Lea

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The City of Yarra is an inner metropolitan municipality of Melbourne which is home to a diverse community of about 100,000 people. About 19.5km2 in size, Yarra takes in the suburbs of Abbotsford, Burnley, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, North Carlton, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Richmond and parts of Alphington and Fairfield.

Our vision is for arts and culture to be integrated into our City so that it can be an everyday experience that is enjoyed by all of our community; whether as makers, audience members or participants.

Council takes our role as a leader and custodian for Yarra’s creative community seriously and recognises the value of the creative identity that has developed in our City over the past decades. This is something that defines what our City is and is a priority area for Council action. Arts and cultural activities are valuable to our community and to those who live, work in and visit our City. Arts and culture are fundamental to a society that prides itself on diversity. Freedom of expression, experimentation and critical dialogue are invaluable and must be supported.

The Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin Nation are the Traditional Owners of the land that is now known as the City of Yarra and Council recognises them as the custodians of the cultural heritage of this land.


Jenny Schwarz


Michael Schwarz