Merri-bek Council announces over $200,000 in grants to support arts and community sector to flourish and thrive

Moreland has a long and proud history of being home to a creative and active community, and it’s this very community who has been among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 2020 saw widespread event cancellations, resulting in significant income loss to artists, musicians and creatives who rely on ticket sales and attendance to events, workshops and programs as their main source of income.

In addition the broader community have been greatly impacted by the loss of employment, access to digital information, reduced connection with family and  friends which in turn has impacted their health and wellbeing.

Mayor of Merri-bek City Council, Cr Lambros Tapinos today announced two new grants programs aimed at supporting the local arts community, and also giving a boost to our hard working community groups.

“I’m very proud to announce that Merri-bek Council is offering over $200,000 as part of the two new grants offerings: Flourish Arts Recovery Grants and Thrive Community Grants,” said Cr Tapinos.

“The Flourish Grants will offer $5000 grants to individual artists, and up to $10,000 to collectives, ensembles and not-profit organisations.”

“The Thrive Community Grants will offer up to $5000 to community groups so they can deliver one-off projects that will benefit the Merri-bek community.”

“This pandemic is far from over, and our arts sector and local community organisations have never had a more important role to play in keeping our community connected.”

Applications for both the Thrive Community Grants and Flourish Arts Recovery Grants are open from Thursday 9 July to Sunday 9 August 2020. A number of criteria apply to each grant category.

Learn more about the Flourish Arts Recovery Grants and Thrive Community Recovery Grants.