Flourish Arts Recovery Grants Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Australian arts and culture sector, with local artists and arts organisations reporting considerable financial hardship due to event cancellations and loss of income.

The Moreland City Council Plan 2017 - 2021 and the Arts and Culture Strategy 2017 - 2022 both aim to ‘strengthen and invest in the significant creative sector in Moreland and enhance its standing as a destination for the arts’. Moreland City Council recognises the challenges the sector is currently facing and has established the Flourish: Arts Recovery Grants as a once-off grant program to support the local sector during this crisis. These grants have been designed to help the arts and culture sector of Moreland flourish.


  • To support local artists and arts organisations to survive the impacts of COVID-19
  • To strengthen the capacity of local artists and arts organisations to develop and deliver quality recovery projects for the wider community
  • To support the local arts ecology in navigating new models of engagement
  • To build connection and engagement through community led arts and cultural activities
  • To support and encourage more people to engage with arts and culture in Moreland

Grant Categories:

  • Individual Artists (Up to $5,000) - for individuals, sole traders and freelancers
  • Arts Organisations (up to $10,000) - for collectives, ensembles and not-for-profit businesses

How to apply for a Flourish: Arts Recovery Grants

This program is only open to applicants whose primary business is in the arts sector. This includes literature, music, theatre, musical theatre, opera, dance, circus, comedy, puppetry, arts festivals, visual arts and crafts, community arts, experimental arts and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts.

Applications need to be submitted online via Moreland City Council’s Smarty Grants administration system. Council can accept video applications through Smarty Grants however please check with the Arts Officer for details on how to submit your video application.

The program will open from Thursday 9 July and close midnight Sunday 9 August 2020.

Notification will occur in October for projects undertaken between November 2020 and December 2021. Before you apply, and for more information, please read the guidelines below:



An online information session was presented on Wednesday 15 July 2020 (12:30pm-1:30pm).
Click HERE to view a recording of the session.
Download the PowerPoint presentation HERE (PDF 2Mb)

Enquiries regarding this grant program should be made to Moreland Arts Grants.

Moreland City Council encourages applications from local creative practitioners who are members of culturally and linguistically diverse; LGBTQI+; Deaf; and/or disability communities and Moreland’s local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Inclusive and accessible

For tips and advice on how to maximise participation and make your event as inclusive and accessible as possible, download Moreland City Council's:

Arts and Creative Sector COVID-19 Support

For more information on how Moreland City Council can assist artists during this time, please check out Moreland's Arts and Creative Sector COVID-19 Support web page.

Other Funding Opportunities

Council has a range of other grants that might be suitable including a range of Business Grants , Thrive Community Recovery Grants and a range of Community Grants.