RAF Recovery Grants [Open]

Regional Arts WA

RAF Recovery Grants [Open]

Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

Project activities could include creative recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement (up to $5000) and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses.

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Recovery Program will operate as a competitive funding round.

The RAF Recovery Round closes 22 October 2020 for projects staring after 1 January 2021. All RAF Recovery projects must be complete by 30 June 2024.

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 on email (hchambers@regionalartswa.org.au).

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.

How to apply

All applications are to be submitted online using the SmartyGrants system. Please ensure you have read the guidance materials, then click here to start your application. 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 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.


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.

Assessment Process

All RAF Recovery Grants are assessed by an independent, external panel of artists and cultural workers from across WA. You can see the full list of peer assessors 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.

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.

About Recovery Boost

The Recovery Boost is a $10 million targeted measure announced by the Australian Government in 2020 as part of the Relief and Recovery Fund. It responds to the difficulties experienced by regional artists, arts organisations and communities who have been heavily impacted by COVID-19. The Recovery Boost is one-off funding and will be delivered through the Regional Arts Fund and seeks to offer short (Relief), medium (Recovery) and long-term (Renewal) support.

RAF Recovery
Eligibility Local governments, individuals, groups and incorporated not-for-profit organisations based in Regional WA
Amount Up to $30,000
Dates Closes 5pm, 22 October 2020
For projects starting after 1 January 2021
Contact Regional Freecall: 1800 811 883
Hannah Chambers
Phone: 08 9200 6210
Email: hchambers@regionalartswa.org.au
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