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There are many arts and cultural grants available for people living in regional NSW and beyond. This is a summary of the main grants and funding 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 open Friday 25 May 2018. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 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. 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

The Hills Prize

Art Oak Hill

The $7 000 acquisitive prize attracts entries from both established and emerging artists around Australia.
A panel of 3 industry professionals will be responsible for judging The Hills Prize in March 2018.
How to enter The Hills Prize
Entries (including a digital image of the work) MUST be submitted online by Friday, 23 February 2018.
Forms cannot be posted or emailed.
What are the competition rules?
You can find the full terms and conditions here.
Where is the form?
The entry form is here.
You cannot download the form. You must complete it online.
How much does it cost?
$35 entry fee to be paid by credit card when filling in the online form.
Art Co-ordinator: Anne Micallef
0458 003 013 Read more

  • Closing: 23 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Unconformity Artist Residencies


In 2018 The Unconformity will support multiple artist residencies in Queenstown, a small mining town in remote western Tasmania.
Residency info and ethos
The Unconformity Artist Residencies have been designed to support the development needs of artists, allowing time to research, develop relationships and focus on their work in the provocative Queenstown environment. Artists will be afforded the opportunity to focus upon development of their practice or project with flexibility around delivering a resolved outcome.
The residencies are assessed via application on a competitive basis and are open to local, Tasmanian, Australian and International artists from all artforms and stages of professional practice. Residencies will take place for a negotiated period during the 2018 calendar year. Artists will be supported with:

  • $2,500 artist fee

  • $500 materials budget
  • In-kind accommodation
  • Per diems
  • A contribution towards travel.

For more information visit the Unconformity website.

Read more

  • Closing: 23 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Head On Photo Awards

Head On Photo Festival

The Head On Photo Awards represent a global selection of the best work from emerging and established photographers across four categories; Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student. Head On Photo Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious photo festivals is calling for photographers to submit work to the Head On Photo Awards 2018.
The Head On Portrait, Landscape and Mobile prizes are open INTERNATIONALLY to professional, emerging and enthusiast photographers from classical to contemporary styles and the Head On Student Prize is open to Australia’s young photographers (school years K-12).
For more information visit Read more

  • Closing: 25 February 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund

Create NSW

The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW and, by doing so, make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of regional NSW more visible and accessible.
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
Applications open: 15 January 2018
Applications close: 26 February 2018 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)
Who can apply?

  • Individuals based in regional NSW
  • Organisations, partnerships and groups based in regional NSW
  • The project must include Aboriginal practitioners/arts workers in key creative roles, and incorporate Aboriginal cultures as the focus of the project.

Funding range:

  • up to $5,000 for individual professional artists
  • up to $20,000 for organisations, partnerships and groups.

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 26 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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