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There are a number of “traditional” forms of arts grants at a state and national level although the nature and requirements of such grants are constantly changing and evolving so please talk to Arts Mid North Coast as to how we can a help you identify the right opportunities, the nature of your applications and whether we are able to provide a letter of support or other assistance.

Make sure to visit our Grants Finder Page to find the latest opportunities available. [Click Here ]

Some of the key opportunities are listed below:

Quick Response Grants (Quicks)
Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants (‘Quicks’) offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice.

The program is intended to:

  • support professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers involved in community programs that will increase their knowledge, skills and experience
  • support skills and or arts development for individuals and groups in regional communities through the employment of arts and cultural workers to conduct workshops, seminars and forums.

A list of activities that will not be funded can be found at:  ‘Quicks’ are offered on a quarterly basis. There is no deadline for applications, which may be made as required, although applications are processed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Applicants MUST speak to the Funding Manager at Regional Arts NSW before applying. Decisions will be advised within 5 working days of receipt.
Contact:  02 9270 2502

Regional Arts Fund (RAF)

The Regional Arts Fund provides grants for arts and cultural activities in regional NSW that are sustainable, have long term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities. There are three categories within which you can apply for the Regional Arts Fund.

1. New Initiatives

This category assists groups to undertake projects in any artform that:

  • extend knowledge, participation and/or development of arts and culture within communities;
  • address cultural themes or issues of significance in local communities;
  • are initiated by and with the community;
  • provide opportunities for collaboration and skills development of locally based arts workers.
  • Arts projects initiated by non-arts groups and organisations are encouraged. Applications must provide evidence of wider support for the proposed project.

2. Partnerships

This category assists groups to undertake projects in any artform that:

  • assist in the development of sustainable cultural networks;
  • promote partnerships that support community and cultural exchange;
  • have long-term arts and community cultural development outcomes for communities;
  • are initiated by and with the community.

Partnerships can be with the non-arts sectors and specific target groups either within communities, between towns, within regions or across the state.

Each partner must fulfil the eligibility criteria. It is expected that each partner contributes equally to the project through skills, financial and / or in-kind assistance. Priority will be given to projects that identify and create new partnerships and projects in which the partnerships are important in promoting sustainability. A project can have more than 2 partners.

3. Residencies and Mentorships

This category assists groups to undertake projects in any artform that:

  • provide programs of professional development for individuals and organisations in regional and remote communities;
  • provide skills development to artist/s arts workers in community cultural development practice;
  • relate to a specific form of art or craft practice, or broader community cultural development and capacity building;
  • may link professional artists and/or organisations (including regional with metropolitan-based artists and organisations) with local practitioners in rural and regional communities.

Preference will be given to proposals that access skills and development not available locally. Applications for formal study or long term training courses will not be considered.

Further information is available online.

Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated projects. The aims of the program are:

  • to assist locally determined cultural activities;
  • to increase opportunities for regionally based groups to access a diverse range of arts programs;
  • to enable communities to explore and express their cultural identities;
  • to encourage communities to work together to develop and participate in cultural experiences;
  • to bring social and economic benefits to the community through training, employment and promotional activities; and
  • to leads to greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in rural and regional New South Wales.

Applications generally close October 1 each year and are an online application. You must speak to the RADO for your region or a Funding Staff member at Regional Arts NSW (if your region has no RADO) about your project prior to applying. Further information is available through Arts Mid North Coast.

Create NSW

Create NSW is the NSW Government’s arts and culture policy and development body. The department provides support to artists and key arts and cultural organisations through infrastructure and funding programs, and targeted strategies. Arts NSW works collaboratively with the NSW cultural institutions, the arts and cultural sector and partners within government. Arts NSW runs an annual cultural program of grants across a variety of artforms and timeframes.

Go to for more details. Arts Mid North Coast notifies all key closing dates though our website, Arts Blast and social media.

Australia Council

Each year, The Australia Council delivers more than $200 million in funding for arts organisations and individual artists across the country. The Grants section of the website provides you with information about their funding programs and the funding application process. It also includes information about what happens after you have applied and what happens if you are successful.

Visions of Australia Regional Exhibition Touring Fund

The Regional Exhibition Touring program supports Australian cultural material to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the costs to develop and tour exhibitions of cultural material that has historic, scientific, design, social or artistic significance.

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund.

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the costs associated with a national tour.

Festivals Australia. Regional Festivals Project Fund.
The Regional Festivals Project Fund supports the inclusion of an arts project at festivals in regional and remote Australia. Grants are available to support the costs to produce and present an arts activity.

Grant Finders
In addition to the more established arts grants artists and groups are encouraged today to think laterally for there are a host of other funding bodies and grants that may be applicable as the silos fall down and increased realisation that art is relevant to tourism, community development, health and many other sectors. There are a number of useful grant finder tools including:

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