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The Cultural Round Table of the Border North East along with Murray Arts are launching one more round of the UNLOCKED Micro-funding program for 2020.  There are two types of grants available:


  • A series of single payments of $333 to individual artists to spend on materials or equipment for their creative practice.

All artists and creatives who live or work in the Murray Arts footprint are welcome to apply. Thanks to the support of Wodonga Council’s Community Impact Grants, an allocation of these grants will be dedicated to those in the Wodonga Local Government area.

Why $333 per artist?  Back in June, we researched many different quick response micro funding programs, crunched the numbers and came up with a “fee per day” model.  We are continuing this amount as we consider it to be the best way to support a cross section of our creative community immediately.


  • A series of $1000 payments to collectives of local independent creatives to work together on a concept, idea or project.

Funded projects may include collaborations on individual works, professional development for collectives, exhibition planning, creating work.


The final UNLOCKED rounds for 2020 are open now and close on Monday December 7 at 5pm.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 11 December.

Invoices will be received for processing from Monday January 11.

You will need to complete your funded day or activity before February 27.

After the activity is completed, successful artists will be required to submit an image, short video or audio, or brief summary about the funded day or project, and you will be invited to an artist forum in late February to share what you achieved or planned.



Applications are evaluated by a panel of Murray Arts staff and a member of the Cultural Roundtable community. Every applicant will be informed of their outcome.

The following criteria will be considered when applications are assessed:

  • Impact of the activity on the artist’s creative practice, wellbeing or business.
  • Potential for the activity to have an ongoing benefit to the artist, collective or the community.



  1. The UNLOCKED – mini program is open to artists who live or work in the Wodonga local government area (Wodonga, Baranduda, Leneva, Huon, Barnawartha, Bandiana, Killara, Bonegilla etc).
  2. The UNLOCKED – mega program is open to artists who live, work and connect with the Murray Arts local government areas of Albury City, Greater Hume, Federation Shire, City of Wodonga, Indigo Shire and Towong Shires.
  3. Our definition of an independent professional creative artist is someone who earns an income (primary or supplementary) from their creative practice. You will need to have an active ABN.
  4. Applications are welcomed from all mediums, including visual art, performance, circus, dance, design, music, film, sculpture, creative education, writing, and technical art.
  5. Priority will be given to those who have experienced loss and/or disruption to their practice because of COVID-19 restrictions.
  6. If successful you will need to invoice Murray Arts for the agreed fee. The amounts listed do not include GST.
  7. Previous recipients of UNLOCKED micro grants are not eligible for this round.
  8. No insurance, superannuation and or workers compensation is offered as part of the UNLOCKED program, it is the responsibility of the successful applicants to ensure they are meeting their own personal/business requirements for these considerations.
  9. Successful applicants will receive clear instructions on invoicing requirements.



Applications closed


If the online form does not meet your access needs, please contact Murray Arts for a word document version.

Applications close on Monday December 7 at 5pm.


For more information and to apply contact:

Susan Reid

Executive Director

Murray Arts Inc


0412 126 391

Please note that the Murray Arts office and Burraja Gallery, on Gateway Island, remain closed and the best way to reach

our team is via phone and email.













Thanks to all who supported the initiative and congratulations to all the recipients of previous rounds.

Read more about the UNLOCKED micro grant and the list of recipients for June & July 

UNLOCKED Combined August September 2020 Report & Recipient List


Please note that the Murray Arts office & burraja gallery, on Gateway Island, remains closed and the best way to reach out to our team is via phone and email.