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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

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

Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Regional Arts NSW

Applications for 2020 projects will open in 2019. Read more

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

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grants

Regional Arts NSW

Applications for 2020 projects will open in 2019. Read more

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

Closing Soon

Ramsay Art Prize

Art Gallery of South Australia

Entries for the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize are now open. Held every two years, the Ramsay Art Prize invites submissions from Australian artists under 40 working in any medium. Finalists will be selected by an international judging panel: Russell Storer, Deputy Director (Curatorial and Research), National Gallery of Singapore, Richard Lewer, contemporary artist, and Dr Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia.
Finalists works will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 25 May to 25 August 2019. The winner will be judged from the exhibition and announced at the official opening on Friday 24 May 2019. Through the generosity of the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, the winning work is acquired into the Art Gallery’s collection.
Inaugural 2017 Ramsay Art Prize winner Sarah Contos says, ‘Winning the prize reasserted my position as an artist and it gave my practice a huge boost in confidence. All artists want their work and dedication to their craft to be acknowledged.’
The 2019 Ramsay Art Prize finalist exhibition will include a People’s Choice Prize supported by sponsor Lipman Karas. The People’s Choice Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $15,000 chosen by a public vote.
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  • Closing: 14 December 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Foundation Grants

Gordon Darling Foundation

What does the Gordon Darling Foundation support?
The Foundation provides funding for a range of visual arts projects Australia-wide.
Funding may be provided for:

  • catalogues and publications

  • that are scholarly
  • that provide a permanent record of an exhibition, collection, artist or movement
  • the Foundation does not fund souvenir or promotional publications
  • exhibition development excluding marketing or promotional costs
  • professional education initiatives including individual professional development
  • research projects
  • symposia

The Foundation does not normally fund:

  • capital works

  • general or core activities
  • retrospective funding
  • recurrent funding of a project

Who is eligible?
The Foundation can only provide funding to Public Institutions in Australia.Individuals wishing to apply for funding for projects are required to partner with a Public Institution which then takes responsibility for the project.
The Trustees will normally award only one application per organisation in any given year.
Funding criteria

  • The Foundation encourages applications from all over Australia.

  • The Foundation is a funder of innovative projects.
  • The Foundation is a funder of projects providing increased access to the visual arts.
  • Projects will be expected to attract considerable public exposure.
  • Projects should demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.
  • The Foundation may be the sole grant provider or the lead donor or a participant in a collaborative funding with other private and/or public donors.
  • The Foundation will not normally support projects that have been almost fully funded from other sources.
  • Preference will be given to projects which will tour.

Application procedure
Read the guidelines.
Contact the Gordon Darling Foundation to request an application form and detailed guidelines:
Phone: 03 9820 3168, Email:
Administrators: Aileen Ellis/Sherrie Antonio
Applications must be submitted by mail in hard-copy on the current year’s form with any supporting material.
Submissions will be examined by the Trustees of the Foundation three times a year in March, June and October. The closing dates for applications are 7 January, 31 May and 30 September respectively. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

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