Regional Arts Fund ‘Recovery Boost’

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The Australian Government’s one-off, $10million targeted investment into regional arts. Guidelines now available.

Immediate, medium, and long-term funding for individuals and organisations.

The Recovery Boost is a one-off targeted investment provided by the Australian Government. The funding recognises that the creative industries are central to thriving and healthy communities across regional, rural and remote Australia and that arts and culture activities are vital in the recovery and renewal process.

The guidelines for 2020 – 2021 are now available for you to review, ahead of applying for funding.

The RAF Recovery Boost program aims to strengthen the fabric of the creative ecosystem across regional Australia with sustainable, long-term support that can inform and strengthen a robust creative sector.

The Recovery Boost grant program will be implemented in three stages moving from Relief to Recovery and Renewal.

This funding is in addition to the $3.3million annually available through RAF. The regular RAF round will also run. Details will be posted shortly.

RAF Relief

Relief grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs. This could include asset replacement or purchase, support for arts practice (including self-directed residency/research and development), small projects and professional development opportunities.

RAF Recovery

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.

RAF Renewal

Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long-term outcomes, with a sustainable future-positioning focus.

These projects will be strategic in nature. Collaborations across State and Territory borders will be encouraged. The projects can be process-driven and provide an opportunity to think beyond ‘snap back’ and to consider renewed arts practice and learning processes.

Project activities could include partnership projects, community events or programs, First Nations-led renewal and wages for workers (First Nations worker positions will be encouraged).

The following is an overview of each of the RAF Funding Categories for 2020 – 2021:

Important Information

This new funding is designed to support Creative Confidence and build Community Confidence

All Recovery Boost funded activities should aim to meet the objectives of the RAF:

  • To encourage and support sustainable economic, social and cultural development in regional communities;
  • To develop partnerships and networks which leverage support for projects and encourage ongoing collaboration;
  • To develop audiences and broaden community engagement with the arts; and
  • To increase employment, professional development opportunities and profile of regional and remote artists.

Applying to the RAF Recovery Boost

The Recovery Boost funds will be delivered through the mechanisms of the Regional Arts Fund.

Artists applying for the RANSW facilitated Regional Arts Fund and RAF Recovery Boost programs must be based in regional NSW. Each application will then be assessed by a detailed assessment criteria.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Regional Arts Fund 2020 – 2021 Guidance Materials: NSW, for detailed information about each grant type and to find out more about how to apply.



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