73 recipients across regional and remote Australia will share in almost $1.9 million through the Regional Arts Fund Recovery grants.
The Recovery grants are designed to foster creative activity and help to renew regional and remote communities in the wake of COVID-19 and the 2019-20 bushfires.
Funded projects will provide opportunities for artists and arts workers to cultivate creative community engagement in Indigenous communities, provide opportunities for digital upskilling, and develop new workshops and capacity-building programs.
The Australian Government has also announced almost $400,000 to support a series of six national strategic projects under the Regional Arts Fund. The projects will be delivered by Regional Arts Australia in 2020-21 and include a regional arts fellowship program, and sector wellbeing and online studio programs supporting the regional arts network.
The Regional Arts Fund provides around $3.6 million each financial year to support artists in regional Australia, raising the profile of regional and remote artists and supporting creative partnerships and collaboration. It is managed by Regional Arts Australia and organisations in each state and territory.
In 2019-20, the Australian Government provided an additional $10 million to the Regional Arts Fund to support regional and remote communities affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, in addition to drought and bushfires.