Regional Arts Fund is Open

The New England North West is a dynamic and creative place to live and work.  Do you have an exciting project that will further contribute to arts and cultural activity in our community? Arts North West is looking for innovative and great projects that will thrill our community!

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia and meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in, and access to, the arts and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities.


Opening dates and closing dates have been moved forward in the year.
RAF applications will only be accepted through the Regional Arts Australia secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.
Guidelines have been reviewed and simplified.
There is a NEW category Small Regional Festival Support.
The Residencies and Mentorships category is no longer available.
Multi-year funding is only available for two years and projects must be discussed with RANSW staff before applying.
You will need to respond to a number of Australian Government questions for statistical collection that are common to all arts grants applicants administered by the Department of Communications and the Arts.

DO NOT FORGET to read the RAF Guidelines carefully and before you submit discuss your project with Caroline Downer, Executive Director of Arts North West on 0428 042 622. Caroline will be able to explain the new process for RAF.

Applications open: Monday 20 June.
Applications close: 3:00pm AEST Monday 8 August.
No extension to the closing date is possible.