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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

Application date for 2019 projects TBA. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • 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

Support Grants

Multicultural NSW

Support Grants help individuals and communities to participate fully in community life and assist in building community capacity. Support Grants are flexible and varied, ranging from individual support for young people to participate in sport to providing services.
Priority areas are established each year.  Applications must address at least one of the identified priority areas.
Support Grants of up to $10,000 for an organisation and up to $500 for individuals are available to:

  • non-profit sharing community organisations
  • registered sporting clubs in sports recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Eligibility criteria and excluded activities are clearly outlined in our Grants Program booklet, please take the time to review this prior to submitting an application.
For more information visit the Multicultural NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Multicultural
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Geelong Gallery

The 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize is a signature event that assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while fostering Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.

  • Entries close Friday 23 March (5.00 pm)

  • Shortlisting Mid-April
  • Notification of selection From Monday 30 April

  • Selected entries to be delivered to the Gallery
    From Monday 21 to Friday 25 May
    (between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm)

  • Official opening Friday 8 June
  • Exhibition dates Saturday 9 June to Sunday 19 August

  • Collection of non-acquired works
    From Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 August
    (between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm)

For more information visit the Geelong Gallery website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Residencies at "Imagine"

Art in Motion

Calling individual artists, creators, interested in 2 weeks to 1 month in the country at”Imagine” retreat. “Imagine” is located in rural NSW Australia, in the Great Lakes District, 3 hours North of Sydney.
Staying at “Imagine”.
Time and space in the country for 2 to 4 weeks of creative development and work.
This will be a time of creative space on farm land on the mid-north coast of Australia which is one of the holiday destinations for Sydney siders in the summer months. Facing the spectacular views of the lake this is a space to feel free enough to focus on whatever project you aspire to as an artist. Conducive to creativity, will provide working facilities, ready to be used by individual visiting artists to stay and create.
Creativity, Peace
The retreat exists to allow artists time to work without distractions. Located in a rural area, and there is no public interaction unless artists request working with the local community (rules prohibiting anyone from interrupting artists in the space unless they wish to work with the community).
​Regional Contacts
If artists wish to connect with the local or wider community contacts this can sometimes be facilitated and local schools are always interested in visiting tutors at different times of year.
Farmhouse on 5 acres with one double room and one room with bunks. Outdoor under-cover space for art or movement also indoor studio space and outdoor stage (good in the early morning or late in the day in summer). Dancers have enjoyed the early morning in this space.
Air, rail and bus travel to and from the residency is to be paid by the artists. Time frame 28 days for full development of project and a showing of work. Artists in residence at any one time 2 to 4 residents.
“Art For Arts and Artists Sake”
Artist-in-residence programs are an opportunity to allow visiting artists to stay and work ‘for art’s sake’. The environment being conducive to creativity and working facilities, ready to be used by individual artists. Your stay can be process based with or without outcome so that freedom with it’s responsibility be offered to the artists in residence. If you wish to do a project based work involving the community that can also be developed as long as it can be prepared in advance.
Open to creator artists from all nations, artists are requested to send in documentation, a curriculum vitae what you would like to do either process based or project. The work does not need to have and outcome. email: Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Art Park Artist Residencies

Art Park

Two residencies are held each year, the first in March/April and the second in September/October
Residency length is three weeks long. We are happy to consider artists who work with wall mounted works, sculpture, photography, new technologies and installation.
The Art Park Artist Residency Program will supply and fund:

  • Fully furnished accommodation for a period of up to 3 weeks. The apartment is free of rental, gas and electricity charges to the artist in residence. The accommodation consists of a bedroom, bathroom, access to a laundry, etc. A floor plan and further information is available.

  • A studio space is available as part of the accommodation. A larger printmaking studio is also available off site.
  • Economy class travel from the artists home to Byron Bay and return.
  • An daily allowance of up to $50.00AUS per day will be paid in advance to the artist to assist with miscellaneous daily expenses.

For more information visit Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

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