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Arts and Cultural Grants Program

Maroondah City Council's Arts and Cultural Grants Program supports a diverse and culturally rich Maroondah through community driven projects, initiatives and events that increase arts profile and participation. These initiatives may focus on a wide variety of art forms.

The Arts and Cultural Grants Program:

  • increases community participation in arts and cultural activities
  • enhances and celebrates local identity through high quality projects with artists and community
  • builds and strengthens local networks within the Maroondah community and encourages partnerships and collaboration with community, business and Council
  • strengthens the identity and profile of the arts in Maroondah through effective arts programming and marketing.

Applications for 2018/19 have now closed.

Arts and Cultural Grants Program Guidelines

The Arts and Cultural Grants Scheme Guidelines provide information on eligibility and assessment criteria, tips for completing grant applications, and funding conditions.

Arts and Cultural Grants Program Guidelines 2018/19  (pdf, 405KB)

Arts and Cultural Grants Program Guidelines 2018/19  (docx, 308KB)

Applications have now closed

Applications for the Arts and Cultural Grants Program were made through the online Smarty Grants system.

Applications for the Arts and Cultural Grants Program 2018/19 closed on Tuesday 15 May.


Applicants must:

  • be an incorporated community group with not-for-profit status or auspiced by an eligible organisation
  • be located within, or servicing, the Maroondah Community
  • maintain public liability insurance cover ($20 million minimum).

The following are not eligible:

  • special events that show or in the past have shown significant profit
  • projects that are part of the organisation’s annual or regular program activities, for example, end of year performance
  • new building projects, capital works requests or facility maintenance projects
  • fundraising activities
  • multiple applications
  • funding to individuals.

Assessment criteria

Council assess your application by considering the information you provide in your application form. The assessment criteria section is extremely important. Projects do not have to address all the listed criteria. Please only address those criteria relevant to your project.

Community building

Projects that increase participation, encourage volunteering, provide leadership opportunities and increase learning and skill development.

Community benefit

New initiatives or the expansion of an existing service that will address a clearly identified community need or opportunity and contribute to improved well-being.

Community support

Funding for community groups that provide help, advice or support to a specific population group who share a common experience.

The Arts and Cultural Grant proposal must also meet 2 or more of the following criteria:

  • supports a diverse and culturally rich Maroondah through community driven projects, initiatives and events that increase the profile and participation in the arts
  • involves the participation of a skilled artist/s or arts worker who is suitable to the desired outcomes of the project
  • supports further creative development of existing activities with new and innovative approaches and activities.


Wednesday 4 April 2018 9am

The Community Grants Funding Program and Arts & Cultural Grants Scheme opens online

Tuesday 17 April 2018 9.30am - 11am

Grants Writing Workshop
Maroondah City Council, Braeside Ave, Ringwood

Tuesday 15 May 2018 4pm

Closing date for all applications

June /July 2018

Assessment process

Mid July 2018

Notification of outcomes

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Grants presentation evening

Friday 31 May 2019

Final day for submission of 2018 Grant Acquittal/Evaluation report

Further information

For further information on the Arts and Cultural grants please contact Council’s Arts and Cultural Development Officer on 9298 4537 or

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