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.

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

For further information about Regional Arts Fund grants see Regional Arts Australia’s website

Funding available

Check your state or territory organisation website to find out how much funding is available to you.

    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 around $6 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.

    To check if your project is taking place in an eligible location, visit the Health Workforce Locator at www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/health-workforce-locator and follow the directions below:

    • enter your address into the 'Address' box at the left-hand side of the page
    • tick the box beside 'Modified Monash Model', selecting the most recent year
    • press 'Search location'
    • all locations with Codes from MM 2 to MM 7 are eligible under the Regional Arts Fund.

    The Department of Health and Aged Care administers the map.

    Documents

    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.

      Regional Arts Fund logos

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

        For further information about Regional Arts Fund grants see Regional Arts Australia’s website

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2023

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2022

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2021

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2020

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2019

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2018

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2017

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2016

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2015

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2014

        National Summary of Regional Arts Fund Projects in 2013