Victorian secondary school students will have the chance to learn from industry-leading creatives as applications open for the Andrews Labor Government’s Creative Learning Partnerships program.

Schools in Eastern Victoria can apply for grants to partner with leading Victorian artists, writers, performers, designers and creative organisations in 2020. Through this residency-style program, creatives work with students and teachers to present a project.

Schools are encouraged to consider partnerships exploring any creative discipline, with all projects in line with the school’s curriculum.

The program enables schools to explore how creativity can strengthen education outcomes from Foundation to Year 10, including VET and VCAL.

Schools can apply for grants of up to $10,000 for a 20-day project with an individual creative professional or $35,000 for a longer residency with a creative organisation.

The program encourages applications from schools in rural areas, and in previous years has seen successful partnerships that have combined face-to-face learning with virtual learning to connect students with their artists.

The Creative Learning Partnerships program is a joint initiative between the Department of Education and Training and Creative Victoria.

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 19 September. Project activity must commence after 14 April 2020 (term two) and can occur at any time in terms two, three or four.
To apply for the 2020 program, or to view past projects, visit

Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley

“Putting creativity front and centre in classrooms is among the most valuable things we can do for our children – it opens up new ways of learning while building skills and confidence.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“We know creativity and creative thinking is incredibly helpful for students. It gives them better language and expression skills, it hones their problem solving and it can unlock a new way of looking at their environment.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“Creative Learning Partnerships presents a terrific opportunity for local schools to enliven curriculum and strengthen the learning experience for students with the help of some of Victoria’s best creative professionals.