Regional Arts Fund Grant Opens

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable, community-based cultural development in regional, remote and isolated areas of Australia. Submissions are now open for the RAF Community Projects Program, offering funding assistance to short-term projects, ranging from $5,000 – $30, 000.

It is anticipated that the majority of grants awarded in this category will be for short-term projects in the range of $15,000 – $30,000. Applicants that were able to leverage other financial partners would be viewed positively.

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Project Program is assessed by the RAF Assessment Panel. All project proposals must meet all RAF program criteria. Only in special circumstances will RAF support the entire cost of a project. Proposals that identify support (both cash and in-kind) for projects from other funding sources or generate income will be viewed more favorably.

Application Process

View the Fund Guidelines to begin the application process. All applications are to be submitted using the appropriate Application Form.

Applications should show evidence of adequate planning. Projects that seek support (in cash and in-kind) from other sources and that generate income are encouraged. Such other support should be clearly identified.

Applications that are incomplete, unsigned, or not postmarked by the closing date, will not be eligible for consideration.

Assistance is available across all artforms for projects which promote excellence in regional arts development, improve access to the Arts for regional Queenslanders, recognise cultural diversity and raise the profile of the arts within regional communities.

All applications are assessed by an independent panel appointed by The Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development, Local Government and the Arts, the Hon. Simon Crean MP. The panel is drawn from the State’s regional arts practitioners, art-forms and regional arts organisations.

All applications must be submitted in hard copy form (closing date postmarked application will be accepted)

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Applications close March 15.

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