Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Funding Closing March and April


A run down of arts and cultural funding closing March and April 2021. Updated 23 Feb.

Closing in March

Australia Council for the Arts Contemporary Music Touring Program – $5,000 – $50,000 The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. The CMTP is open to applications for funding with some fixed-term adjustments to the guidelines to account for COVID-19 conditions.  The next closing date is: Tuesday 2 March 2021 for projects starting after 1 June 2021. The rounds close at 3pm AEDT on the closing date.

Australia Council for the Arts: Contemporary Touring Initiative
  The Contemporary Touring Initiative, as part of the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, supports significant exhibitions of work by living contemporary visual artists and craft practitioners that reach and engage national audiences, and extend into regional communities. The grant provides up to three years of funding for the development and/or national touring of nationally significant contemporary visual arts and craft exhibitions.  The next closing dates is: Tuesday 2 March 2021 for projects starting after 1 June 2021. The rounds close at 3pm AEDT on the closing date.

Australia Council for the Arts: Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund 
The Regional Performing Arts Touring program (Playing Australia) supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring and other designated costs associated with tours. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.  The next closing dates is: Tuesday 2 March 2021 for projects starting after 1 June 2021. The rounds close at 3pm AEDT on the closing date.

Professional Development Awards – APRA AMCOS
Closes 10 March. APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre are now calling for nominations for the Art Music Awards 2021.  Nominations are open to APRA AMCOS and AMC members. You can nominate in multiple categories but only once per category. See APRA AMCOS

Create NSW: Incubator Theatre Fellowship. This fellowship will support artist development across the theatre industry in NSW.  Applications close: Monday 8 March 2021 at 5:00 PM AEDT

Create NSW: New Dimensions Fellowship. This Fellowship will support the ongoing professional practice of visual arts practitioners in NSW. Applications close: Monday 8 March 2021 at 5:00 PM AEDT.

Create NSW: NSW Visual Arts (Established) Fellowship with Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Applications close: Monday 8 March 2021 at 5:00 PM AEDT.

Australian Government: Indigenous Tourism Fund. $40M fund. The Indigenous Tourism Fund was developed in consultation with the Indigenous tourism sector and includes business support and grants for Indigenous owned tourism businesses. Direct assistance for the Indigenous tourism sector includes:

  • The Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business Program which will provide up to $12 million over four years in small grants to help individual businesses and community organisations invest in developing new products, equipment, business planning and marketing in the tourism sector. Grants will be capped at $50,000 for a privately owned business and $100,000 for community organisations. Information on the Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business Program will be available on the Grants Connect website. Applications can be made from 22 February to 22 March 2021.
  • The Indigenous Tourism Mentoring Program, will be an individualised mentoring program to help businesses gain practical advice from industry experts, develop an industry specific business plan and/or refine business strategies. More details to come on the start date and how to apply for the National Indigenous Tourism Mentoring Program.

The Indigenous Tourism Fund will also be used to invest in activities and initiatives to boost the Indigenous Tourism sector as a whole. Up to $17 million will be co-invested with the states and territories for Strategic Indigenous Tourism Projects that generate supply chain opportunities for Indigenous owned tourism businesses. This investment will be in partnership with state and territory governments. For more information see – Indigenous Tourism Fund

The Tourism Product Development Fund. This fund comprises two streams:

  • Refresh and Renew Fund: offering $10,000 grants to regional tourism operators to update their product or experience
  • Experience Enhancement Fund: provides between $50,000 and $150,000 in matched funding to assist operators upgrade existing accommodation to be 4 to 5-star, upgrade business and leisure event venues and facilities, repurpose existing infrastructure to provide new facilities or experiences not currently available within the destination, or to create new tourism attractions or experiences

Applications are now open and close on 31 March 2021. For information and to apply visit

Closing in April

Australia Council for the Arts: Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative 2019-21 – $30,000. The Australia Council for the Arts is offering six grants of $30,000 in each Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative round.  If you are an individual artist or arts worker with disability, these grants can provide support to extend your arts practice, networks, skills and ambition. Applications close: Tuesday 13 April 2021, 3.00 pm (AEST)

Australia Council for the Arts: UKARIA Residency – $10,000. Through a partnership between the Australia Council and UKARIA, Expressions of Interest are invited for two residencies at UKARIA in 2021. The successful applicants will be in residence at UKARIA for a maximum of ten days for the purpose of developing new creative projects that are led by musicians and composers. Applications close: Tuesday 13 April 2021 (3pm AEST) for residencies starting after 1 July 2021.

Australia Council for the Arts: PPCA Sound Recording Partnership – $15,000. The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts will deliver a grant partnership, the PPCA Sound Recording Partnership. This partnership will support five Australian artists or groups to create new sound recordings. There are five grants of $15,000 (ex GST) each available.  Applications close: Tuesday 13 April 2021. The round closes at 3pm AEDT on the closing date.


Closing in May

Region Job Creation Fund. The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. Examples of eligible projects could include the:

  • replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business
  • establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business
  • onshoring of activity currently done overseas to a regional NSW location
  • development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions
  • relocation of a business operation from out of state to regional NSW.

The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs. Applicants must provide a minimum 50% cash co-contribution to the project and the NSW Government contribution will be no more than $20,000 per new job created through the project.
Applications close 31 May 2021. Further information and how to apply here.

NSW Government: Regional Events Acceleration Fund. To support the social and economic recovery of our regions, the NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund helps organisations to attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas and supports existing regional events to grow even bigger and better. Regional Events Acceleration Fund helps organisations to:

  • attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas
  • make existing regional events even bigger and better.

Funding will help meet the costs of attracting or retaining major events, such as premier sporting fixtures or competitions, and helps fund the operational and infrastructure improvements existing events need to increase visitation and length of stay. The types of events eligible for funding include:

  • major sporting and lifestyle events
  • major food and beverage events
  • major music, art and culture festivals.

The funding is for events hosted in regional NSW between March 2021 and June 2022. The Regional Events Acceleration Fund offers two streams – Major Event Operations and Infrastructure grants and Major Event Attraction and Enhancement grants.

Stream One: Major Event Operations and Infrastructure. Grants between $50,000 and $200,000 are available to support temporary event infrastructure and operational improvements at existing regional events to help increase visitation. Examples of the types of event infrastructure and operational improvements that are eligible for funding include:

  • securing a major artist/performance to increase an event’s appeal
  • additional temporary seating areas to increase capacity
  • additional staging for a music festival
  • establishing a pop-up camping and caravan site to support more overnight stays.

Stream Two: Major Event Attraction and Enhancement. Grants for a minimum of $100,000 for the attraction, delivery and retention of major international and domestic events to regional areas across regional NSW, with a focus on major sporting events providing national or international exposure. Further information and how to apply here.