The Unlocking Capacity Grant

Who is it for?

The Unlocking Capacity grant is for Victorian-based independent performing arts producers who have a minimum three years of experience in independent producing. As a rough guide, it is ideal if at least 50% of your professional time is currently dedicated to your independent producing practice. At least 50% of your independent producing portfolio must comprise of Victorian-based artists.

(If you are not sure if you meet the minimum requirements above, please contact the VIPI Program Producer to discuss your independent producing practice.)

There are nine Unlocking Capacity grants available between 2020 and 2023. Of these, at a minimum four are reserved for under-represented groups: one First Peoples applicant, one Culturally and Linguistically Diverse person / Person of Colour applicant, one applicant living with disability and one regionally based applicant.

What is on offer?

The Unlocking Capacity grant will provide an independent producer with up to $35,000 per annum for a maximum of 3 years. This grant can be used for the producer’s wage as well as professional development activities.

You are able to apply for both the Unlocking Capacity grant as well as to become a mentor for the Producers Mentorship Program. In fact, this is highly encouraged.

What is NOT on offer?

You cannot be working full-time in an organisation.

You could be working part-time in an organisation, in a salaried position, and apply to support your independent producing practice.

The Unlocking Capacity grant cannot be used to support your work as a producer inside an organisation.

Application Process

You will be asked to submit a work plan that outlines how the funding will “unlock” your capacity over a two to three-year period and the expected outcomes for your practice and the independent performing arts sector.

Your application will be submitted through the Creative Victoria Grants Portal. Your application will be assessed by an advisory assessment panel, comprising of arts professionals and creatives, against the program aims and assessment criteria.

This process is administered by Creative Victoria, with input from Theatre Network Australia. Acquittals and reporting will be administered by Creative Victoria. All program related enquiries should be directed to the TNA VIPI Program Producer, Rani Pramesti on or call 03 9947 1015.

Alternative Pathways into the Unlocking Capacity Grant

Selection and then completion of the VIPI Producers Mentorship Program makes you eligible to apply for the Unlocking Capacity grant.

Dates for the Unlocking Capacity grant

Round 1
January 2020: Detailed guidelines for Unlocking Capacity grants available on the Creative Victoria and TNA website.
There will be two rounds in 2020.

  • 20 February 2020: Applications open for Round 1.
  • 19 March 2020 at 5pm: Applications close for Round 1.
  • For activity commencing from 15 June 2020.

It takes approximately 12 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available.

Round 2: Exact dates TBC. Approximately second half of 2020.

Please refer to the Creative Victoria website for updates.
There will be two rounds of applications in 2020 and one round of applications in 2021.

Sample application plans and budgets will be available soon.

Still have questions? 

For more information, please read the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and/or contact the VIPI Program Producer, Rani Pramesti on or call 03 9947 1015 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.