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There are many arts and cultural opportunities available for people living in regional NSW and beyond. This is a summary of the main grants and opportunities available to artists and not-for-profit organisations who work in the arts and cultural sector.

Regional Arts NSW Grants

Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Regional Arts NSW

Applications for 2019 projects close Friday 3 August, 17:00 AEST (5pm). Read more

  • Closing: 3 August 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grants

Regional Arts NSW

Applications for 2019 projects open on Tuesday 19 June 2018 and close 5:00PM AEST, Friday 10 August 2018. Read more

  • Closing: 10 August 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Quick Response Grants

Regional Arts NSW

Small grants that respond to arts development and professional development opportunities that arise at short notice. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Closing Soon

AlburyCity Short Story Award

Write Around the Murray

Explore this year’s theme of refuge – open your mind, think outside the box and see where the idea of refuge takes you.
First prize is $1,000 cash plus great prizes for runners up. Winning entries will be announced by 2018 short story judge, Mark Smith, at the awards ceremony on Thursday 6 September during the Write Around the Murray Festival.
Competition Details
Theme: Refuge
Word limit: 3,000
Entry fee: $10
First prize: $1,000
Closing date: 5.00pm – Wednesday 18 July, 2018
For more information visit Read more

  • Closing: 18 July 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants

Foundation of Australian Financial Planners

Since 2007 Future2 has committed $823,000 in Grants to community not for profits. Through programs run by these organisations, we have helped to turn the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young people from adversity to opportunity, from social exclusion to productive lives in the community.
The Grants program is a national program issuing Grants up to $10,000.
Every application must be supported by a licensed financial planner who is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).
The application process must be completed online.
For more information visit the Future2 Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: 20 July 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous, Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

Small Grants

Way Ahead - Mental Health Association NSW

Each year a number of small grants are offered to assist the staging of mental health promotion activities or events during October’s Mental Health Month.
There are five grants available:

  • General grants
    General grants are for projects focusing on any part of the community.
    There are 5 x $1000 grants and 20 x $500 grants available.

  • Youth grants
    For projects focusing specifically on the youth population aged 14- 24 years.
    There are 3 x $1,000 grants and 4 grants x $500 grants available.

  • CALD grants
    CALD grants are for projects focusing specifically on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
    There are 1 x $1000 grants and 6 x $500 grants available

  • Aboriginal Grants
    Aboriginal grants are for projects focusing specifically on Indigenous communities.
    There are 2 x $1000 grants and 6 x $500 grants available

  • LGBTI grants
    LGBTI grants are for projects focusing specifically on, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
    There are 4 x $1000 grants and 2 x $500 grants available



  • Organisations must have an ABN or be supported by an organisation with an ABN, and be undertaking the project in NSW.

  • The planned activity must occur during Mental Health Month in October, promote positive mental health in the community and tie in with the theme for Mental Health Month 2017.
  • Organisations or community groups wishing to submit a grant application can apply in only one category.
  • Funds are not available for the self-promotion of for-profit organisations.
  • Funds are not available for work that an organisation is already funded to undertake

For more information visit the Way Ahead Mental Health Month website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia is dedicated to working with writers at all levels of their career, offering them time, space and creative expertise to explore and refine their new plays. Whether with a cast of actors in a full workshop setting or one-on-one with a dramaturg, our script development models focus on exploration and creative dialogue between artists, away from the pressures of performance outcomes.
If you’ve submitted your work to Playwriting Australia before, please read carefully as we’ve made some changes to our script development program.
We now offer a more tailored approach to the way we support new plays by offering three different development programs:

Funding Bodies