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Grants

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

Quick Response Grants will reopen 1st July 2021. The Quick Response Grants continue to support immediate need that arises where the activity is unable to be planned for or supported in other funding rounds, for example taking up professional development, skills development or small project opportunities at short notice. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2021
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Grants

Regional Arts NSW

RAF Project Grants will reopen 12th July 2021. The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. Read more

  • Closing: 23 August 2021
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Recovery Boost - RAF Relief Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

This grant is now closed. Relief grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs Read more

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

Recovery Boost - RAF Recovery Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

This grant is now closed. Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Read more

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

Recovery Boost - RAF Renewal Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

This grant is now closed. Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long term outcomes, with sustainable future-positioning focus. Read more

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

Closing Soon

Digital Business Model Innovation Lab

Australia Council for the Arts

The Digital Business Model Innovation Lab offers the opportunity for arts organisations to transform and digitally enable their core business model. Read more

  • Closing: 21 September 2021
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Technology
  • Open To: Organisations

re(situate) Biennale Delegates Program

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council Biennale Delegates Program is a professional development opportunity for individuals based in Australia. The 2022 theme is re(situate), an offer to refocus and reposition as we step into this next era in international engagement within the visual arts. Read more

  • Closing: 21 September 2021
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

UTS Library Creative in Residence 2022

UTS

A 6-month residency including a stipend of $10,000 and a materials budget of $5,000 for a creative practitioner to develop and produce a new creative project that uses the UTS Library’s collection, community, services and spaces as its foundation. Read more

  • Closing: 24 September 2021
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Festivals Australia

Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Festivals Australia supports community participation in, and access to, the arts and aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector.

Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.

There are two funding rounds each year which generally open in February and September

Current Round 13 closes: September 29, 2021

The above funding period is for projects commencing from 1 February 2022.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING AVAILABLE

An additional $2.4 million is available in this funding round for activities which are part of a festival or community celebration in regional or remote Australia. The extra funding for the Festivals Australia program was announced as part of the Regional Arts Tourism package.

THREE PROJECTS PER FESTIVALS NOW ELIGIBLE

In this round (13), up to three discrete projects can be funded per organisation, per festival. This means that if you already have a project receiving Festivals Australia funding, you can apply for up to two more projects in the same festival. Separate applications for each project must be submitted and each one will be assessed independently.

For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 September 2021
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

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