Regional Arts Fund
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. This recognises that one in three Australians live in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia.
Funding is targeted at activities that will have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities by:
- developing partnerships and cultural networks
- providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities
- supporting arts and community development projects that provide local communities with the opportunity to participate in, and access cultural activities, and
- emphasising building capacity in disadvantaged, youth, very remote and/or Indigenous communities.
The Regional Arts Fund grant program is delivered by the peak regional arts organisations in each state, and by arts departments in the territories:
- Regional Arts NSW: www.regionalartsnsw.com.au
- Regional Arts Victoria: www.rav.net.au
- Artslink (Queensland Arts Council): www.artslinkqld.com.au
- Country Arts WA: www.countryartswa.asn.au
- Country Arts SA: www.countryarts.org.au
- Tasmanian Regional Arts: www.tasregionalarts.org.au
- Arts NT: www.arts.nt.gov.au, and
- artsACT: www.arts.act.gov.au.
Community grants and quick response grants are available for local communities and artists.
The Minister for the Arts has announced the 2012 round two Regional Arts Fund community grants recipients.