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The City of Greater Bendigo has launched a new Creative Recovery Activation Fund and is calling for innovative ideas from local creative businesses and artists to activate public spaces.

This fund will assist the local arts and creative sector to maintain and grow its skills. The fund supports Greater Bendigo’s talented creatives who have been unable to work due to COVID- impacted cancelled events and venues closures.

Businesses and individuals are invited to submit an expression of interest application outlining how their idea will activate public spaces.

Projects could range from visual and performing arts, pop-up concerts, digital and screen-based media, light projections, writing and publishing or poetry readings, broadcasting, temporary art installations, textiles or fashion, provided the idea is inclusive, supports economic recovery and can be delivered in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

If you are a local creative and you would like to apply, please complete the online Expression of Interest form.

Applications close Friday November 27, 2020 and projects must be delivered between December 2020 and June 2021. 

Projects to up to $3,000 will be funded through the program.


The City of Greater Bendigo encourages individuals and creative businesses from inclusive and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living, operating or studying in the broader Greater Bendigo municipality to apply. Please ensure you or the organisation you are representing meets the eligibility criteria below:

  • You must be a business, sole trader or creative working or studying in the arts and creative industries within the Bendigo municipality
  • For not-for-profit organisations seeking funding, we strongly encourage you to apply to the Community Grants Program
  • Sole traders or individuals must have an ABN. If you do not have an ABN you can contact local organisations who could auspice your application
  • You must be able to show appropriate public liability insurance or guarantee
  • The activities or project you are proposing must comply with the current (at time of project delivery) COVID-19 restriction obligations/restrictions
  • You must apply for appropriate outdoor and public permits (busking and street performance permit information and permits for events). This process is straightforward, however please contact our team below if you need assistance
  • The projects/activities must take place in the Greater Bendigo municipality including in commercial centres and small towns
  • The activities proposed should be inclusive and available to all community members
  • All activities must be deemed to have a benefit for the Greater Bendigo community
  • Any activation activities must occur in public spaces or public realm and not on private land
  • Please only submit one application per company or individual
  • Activities will be programmed between December 2020 and must be completed by June 30, 2021. The City will work with successful applicants around suitable timing of activities and provide marketing assistance through our Love Your Local campaign and other suitable City marketing platforms
  • Individuals or businesses with an outstanding Greater City of Bendigo grant will not be eligible


Applications will be assessed on how well the proposed projects meet the following criteria and objectives. A panel of City officers and external Creative Industry representatives will assess the applications.

  • Projects that engage arts and creativity to deliver pathways to recovery for audiences including visitors and residents
  • Projects that engage arts and creativity to activate public spaces or can be delivered through online platforms
  • Projects that engage with public audiences in COVID-safe environments
  • Projects that take place in the Greater Bendigo municipality
  • Quotes that outline artist fees, rent, materials, permits and other expenses related to developing and creating the in real life or online activations
  • Possible projects could include (but not limited to): performances in public spaces, music performance pop-ups, VR and AR projects, light or projection projects, screen-based projects, poetry readings, creative public engagement projects, temporary public art installations, creative digital projects, architectural or sculptural works, graphic design engagements, podcasts, sound art installations

The fund forms part of the City’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Plan, which has been updated regularly since the onset of the pandemic.

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For more information please contact the City's Business Help Desk by emailing [email protected] or phoning 5434 6000.

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