The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government Program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. It meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in, and access to, the arts; and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts.
The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. The program is managed nationally by Regional Arts Australia and is delivered in all states and the Northern Territory by Regional Program Administrators.
The objectives of the Regional Arts Fund are to support and promote participation in, and access to, arts and culture in regional and remote Australia by:
- Encouraging and supporting sustainable economic, social and cultural development in regional communities;
- Developing partnerships and networks which leverage financial and/or in-kind support for specific projects and encourage ongoing collaboration;
- Developing audiences and broadening community engagement with the arts; and
- Increasing employment and professional development opportunities for, and raise the profile of, regional and remote artists.
- RAF Project Grants (formerly Community Grants) – up to $30,000
- Project Grants are intended to assist arts and cultural development projects that meet the objectives and eligibility criteria of the Regional Arts Fund.
- Competitive rounds are delivered twice annually.
- All Projects must be completed by 30 June 2022
- All Projects must be acquitted by 30 September 2022
- Step Out – Organisations – up to $30,000 This category supports community groups or organisations to undertake creative arts projects in any art form that employs professional artists, assists in the development of sustainable networks, have long term arts and community cultural development outcomes for communities, and extends or advances knowledge, understanding, participation or development of the arts and culture within communities.
- Individuals, groups and incorporated not-for-profit organisations.
- Groups and organisations must either be legally incorporated and have an ABN, or have an auspice organisation manage their grant.
- Individual applicants must have an ABN or have an auspice organisation manage their grant.
- Individuals who are under 18 at the time of applying must have an auspice organisation manage their grant and parent/guardian signature on the form.
- Schools are only eligible to apply if they provide evidence that clarifies the use of the school as a community hub, the broader community are participants in the project and the project is not part of the school curriculum
For more information, visit https://www.countryarts.org.au/grants-funding/grants/step-out-grant/