The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. The program is managed by Regional Arts Australia and organisations in each state and territory.

How it works

Who can apply
Regionally based artists, arts workers and organisations can apply for funding for their professional development and creative arts projects in regional and remote Australia.
When to apply
Check your state or territory organisation website for closing dates for applications.
Funding available
Check your state or territory organisation website to find out how much funding is available to you.

Program Information

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About The Program

Funding application period

Check your state or territory organisation's website to find out when applications open and close in your area.

The Regional Arts Fund provides approximately $3.7 million per year to support artists and communities in regional and remote areas. Funds can be used to:

  • encourage and support sustainable economic, social and cultural development in regional communities;
  • develop partnerships and networks which leverage support for projects and encourage ongoing collaboration;
  • develop audiences and broaden community engagement with the arts; and
  • increase employment, professional development opportunities and profile of regional and remote artists.

The program funds a mix of quick-response and project grants.

When you apply for funding, you will need to show that your activities will have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits.

You can use the searchable map of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Area to help you identify the regional or remote location of your activity. The Department of Health administers the map.


You can find the funding guidelines on the websites of the organisations that deliver the program in each state and territory:

We strongly advise you discuss your project with the relevant organisation in your state or territory before you apply.

The Regional Arts Fund also supports Regional Arts Australia, to deliver national activities including priority strategic projects.

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The Regional Arts Fund program logo is used to acknowledge Australian Government support for activities funded by the Regional Arts Fund.

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