The Unlocking Capacity Grant

Round 2 of the Unlocking Capacity grant will open in the second half of 2020.

Please contact VIPI Program Producer at to register your interest to apply. 

Who is it for?

Unlocking Capacity is for Victorian-based independent performing arts producers who have a minimum three years of experience in independent producing.

This program encourages applications from producers who identify as First Peoples, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, people living with a disability and regionally-based producers.

There are nine Unlocking Capacity grants available between 2020 and 2023.

What counts as Victorian-based independent producing?

    • Providing tailored performing arts producing support for independent artists, artist collectives and/or independent companies, with occasional short-term producing contracts for small to medium companies or major funded performing arts organisations as a part of a suite of projects they support.
    • As a rough guide, 50% of your professional time is currently dedicated to your independent producing practice and at least 50% of your independent producing portfolio comprises of Victorian-based independent artists, artist collectives and/or independent companies.

If you do not have three years of experience in independent producing yet, you may be able to receive support through the Producers Mentorship Program. Please contact the VIPI Program Producer to discuss.

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: For activity commencing from 15 June 2020.

Applications for Round 1 closed on 02 April 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.

Still have questions? 

The Unlocking Capacity Grant FAQs

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