RAF Project Grants

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RAF Project Grants

Project Grants are intended to assist arts and cultural development projects that meet the objectives and eligibility criteria of the Regional Arts Fund (RAF).

The aim is to support regional and remote communities, and individual artists to create high quality arts projects that develop partnerships and networks, broaden community engagement and increase employment and professional development opportunities for regional and remote artists.

The RAF Project Grants will operate as a competitive funding round. All Projects must be completed by 30 June 2022.

Guidance Materials

Please read through the Guidance Materials for eligibility and grant criteria.

Download Guidance Materials

This information is available in a standard PDF version, and an accessible word version. If you require further assistance accessing the Guidelines, please contact us by email.

Regional Eligibility

Applicants must reside in postcodes classified as regional using the Modified Monash Model Map. The applicant’s physical address must be MMM Classification 2 or above. To check how your address is classified visit the Doctor Connect Locator Map.

Grant Categories

Individual – maximum amount $15,000

This category assists individual artists and arts workers to undertake professional development and/or a creative development project. Individuals can be emerging or professional, however must show a dedication to their chosen art form.

Community – maximum amount $30,000

This category assists arts groups, community organisations and local governments to undertake projects that involve regional artists and significantly engage the community in which they are based. They can also be used for professional development opportunities for regional artists, arts groups or community organisations.


The objectives of the Regional Arts Fund are to support and promote participation in, and access to, arts and culture in regional and remote Australia by:

  • Encouraging and supporting sustainable economic, social and cultural development in regional communities;
  • Developing partnerships and networks which leverage financial and/or in-kind support for specific projects and encourage ongoing collaboration;
  • Developing audiences and broadening community engagement with the arts; and
  • Increasing employment and professional development opportunities for, and raise the profile of, regional and remote artists.

Specific assessment criteria are outlined in the Guidelines.

How to apply

All applications are to be submitted online using the SmartyGrants system. Applicants who require support to access the online application process should contact Regional Arts WA Project Officer.

For advice on making an application please consult the Resource and Application Guide and/or contact Regional Arts WA.

Draft Reviews

Applicants have the option to request one draft review before submitting your final application. Draft review requests will be accepted up until one week prior to the round closing date. You are strongly encouraged to make this request well before the review deadline to give staff enough time to provide feedback as well as time to update your application on receipt of this review.

To request feedback download a PDF of your application, by clicking on the ‘Download’ button at the bottom of the last page of the application form, and email the Regional Arts WA Project Officer, quoting your application number.

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Assessment Process

All Project Grants are assessed by an independent, external panel of artists and cultural workers from across the state, selected by Regional Arts WA. The Panel’s decisions are final. Members of the complete Panel pool are listed here.

The Australian Government Minister for the Arts has the option to announce the Regional Arts Fund Community Grant recipients, after which Regional Arts WA staff notify all applicants. Notification of the outcome can take around three months after the Grant round closing date. Please be aware this is an indicative time frame only.

Successful Applicants

Successful RAF recipients must display the RAF logo (a combined set of the Australian Government logo and Regional Arts WA logo) on promotional material relating to the supported project. Logos are available here.

If you have any enquiries regarding logo usage please contact the Regional Arts WA Project Officer.

Also see the Sample Tax Invoice

Past Grant Recipients

About Regional Arts Fund (RAF)

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government Program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. It meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in, and access to, the arts; and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts.

The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. The program is managed nationally by Regional Arts Australia and is delivered in all states and the Northern Territory by Regional Program Administrators.

RAF Project Grants
Eligibility Individuals, incorporated not-for-profit organisations and Local Governments based in Regional WA
Amount Individuals $15,000
Community $30,000
Dates Open 10 January 2021
Closing 5pm, 11 March 2021

Hannah Chambers
Regional Freecall: 1800 811 883
Phone: 08 9200 6210

Guidelines Click here

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