Regional Arts Development Central West NSW
Funding opportunities for arts and creative activities
Arts OutWest is a service organisation rather than a funding body (although we do administer some annual small grants programs).
  • We provide advice and information about arts funding (phone, email, in person)
  • We help connect people in our region to funding opportunities
  • We assist people to navigate funding applications
  • We write letters of support for applications
  • We run funding and grant writing workshops
  • We can auspice (financially manage) funding for suitable groups and artists. See our auspicing policy.

Below are some of the latest arts funding opportunities available to people in our region. Follow us on Facebook for opportunities as soon as they become available.

Creative Partnerships: 2021-22 Plus1 Matched Funding

Closes 5 August. Open to small to medium not-for-profit arts organisations, Plus1 provides the opportunity to attract new donors, build valuable relationships and boost fundraising skills, with up to $25,000-$50,000 in matched funding available, depending on the size of your organisation.

Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Program

Round 1 closes Wednesday 18 August 2021. Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program provides funding opportunities for arts and cultural organisations, professional artists and arts/cultural workers across a wide range of artforms and disciplines.

RAF Quick Response Grants

The next RAF 2021-22 Quick Response Grant round will open on July 1st at 9:00am. There are some significant changes to this program, please read the guidelines carefully.

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Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Grants

Closes 23 August.  There are some significant changes to this program so please read the guidelines carefully. They are detailed as the RAF has moved to national guidelines that are the same for all states and territories participating in this program.

Music Keeper and Crew Keeper Grants

In response to the additional funding announced by the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts on 25 March, Support Act has announced a new category of crisis relief funding called “MusicKeeper” and “CrewKeeper”.

Leg Up Grants (up to $500)

Closes 24 October or when exhausted. Leg Up Grants are quick response skill development grants for workers in volunteer managed museums throughout NSW.

Funding opportunities

Updated 28 June. Here’s a good list of upcoming funding options for all kinds of arts and cultural projects, venues, people and activities.

New investment for Playing Australia

NOW CLOSED. Round 1 closes June 1. The Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts has announced an additional $5 million will be provided to the Australia Council for the Playing Australia Regional Recovery Investment 2021.

Service Needs Strategic Fund

NOW CLOSED. Closes 18 May. The NSW Government has announced a new Service Needs Strategic Fund for arts, screen and cultural organisations, to meet the demand for professional development and capacity-building across the sector.

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$500K to share NSW arts and culture with UK

NOW CLOSED.  Closes 20 JUNE. Create NSW is calling for expressions of interest for the UK/Australia Season, with up to $500,000 up for grabs to support NSW arts companies and organisations to share their works to the UK in 2022.