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.

Forbes Community Funding Program

Next round closes 31 January 2022. Forbes Shire Council  established the Community Funding Program in recognition of the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of our Forbes Community and our quality of life.

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Regional Arts Touring Funding

Closes 25 October 2021. From Create NSW. Available for tours across all artforms, this fund supports projects that provide access to arts and culture for audiences living in regional NSW.

Create NSW: Creative Capital funding

Minor Works and Equipment Projects closes 26 October 2021. Medium to large projects cl0ses 3 Nov 2021.  The NSW Government has introduced $60 million in strategic funding over two years for the delivery of new and improved cultural infrastructure.

Create NSW: COVID Development Grants

NOW CLOSED. Closes 30 September 2021. Individual artists and small to medium arts and cultural organisations impacted by COVID-19 restrictions can now apply for COVID Development Grants to support the development of new work.

Funding opportunities

Updated 1 August. Here’s a good list of upcoming funding options for all kinds of arts and cultural projects, venues, people and activities.

Match Lab Funding

NOW CLOSED. Closes 1 September. Applications are now open for MATCH Lab, Creative Partnerships Australia’s matched funding program designed for independent artists and collectives, with up to $5,000 in dollar-for-dollar funding available per project.

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Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Grants

NOW CLOSED. 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.

Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Program

NOW CLOSED. 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.