Resources and Documents

Download: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Information

Download: Working-with-Children-Protocols

Download: Working with Children Check Information Kit

Download: Australia Council Indigenous Protocols

Download:SA RAF Guidance Material 2019-20

Download:Skills Development 2019-20 Guidance Material


Download: BUDGET Helpful Hints

Download: BUDGET Example

Download: BUDGET Template

Download: ACQUITTAL Handy Hints

Download: Photographic Subject Release Form

Download: Image-Information-Sheet-2015

Download: Support-Material-Cover-Sheet-1

Download: ‘Bringing it all Together’ Guidelines for Arts and Mental Health Projects

Download: Guarantee Against Loss_Overview

Download: Image Handy Hints

How to Apply

When writing a grant application it is important to allow plenty of time for preparation and research. The process of gathering this information will also assist you in completing other funding applications so it is worth investing time. The information you are required to submit may vary from one program to another, however there are some basics that are common to most.

  • Always read the grant program Guidelines thoroughly before commencing your application. They give an overview of eligibility and criteria, and amounts of funding available, support material required and closing dates.
  • Always seek clarification if you are unclear about any question or requests for information. Your Arts and Cultural Facilitator or Manager  is available to discuss your ideas, queries and concerns


Projects should:

  • Provide opportunities for skills development and/or professional development outcomes;
  • Demonstrate consultation with and involvement of the community in the creative process, direction and management of the project (applications from individuals to a lesser degree) and actively involve the community;
  • Seek partnerships with key arts organisations, community groups, individuals, local government and others;
  • Utilise a professional artist(s) experienced in a specific art form;
  • Increase employment opportunities for experienced professional artists, as well as opportunities for ‘emerging’ regional artists to gain more experience, including as part of a residency.  Applicants are encouraged to engage with and employ South Australian artists as a priority, or explain why a non- South Australian artist is more appropriate for the project;
  • Include funding from other sources (Country Arts SA will not fund the whole project).
  • Ongoing or repeated funding will only be provided where longer term or further funding fulfils a compelling need to consolidate previous development and a time frame for the achievement of cultural sustainability has been identified. Such funding can be provided for a maximum of three years.

The following activities are not eligible for funding:

  • Applicants who reside or are based in a major city or metropolitan location (MMM1);
  • Projects which do not substantially align with and further the objectives of the Regional Arts Fund;
  • Limited and Propriety Limited companies which are for-profit organisations are not eligible to apply;
  • Administration and marketing costs of an organisation;
  • Infrastructure projects involving the purchase of assets;
  • A project or element of a project that is also receiving funding for the same costs from another funding program administered by the Australian Government;
  • Requests solely for exhibition, publication, printing and performance costs;
  • Touring projects that involve touring from major urban centres to regional communities;
  • Projects that have commenced or have been completed will not be considered;
  • Curriculum based activities in schools or courses of ongoing education and training in government or private institutions in Australia or overseas;
  • Academic activity, including wages or course work that is required as part of any tertiary academic program;
  • Costs of organising and running competitions, prizes, awards, or fundraising events; and
  • Grant applications will not be considered if previous applications have not been acquitted from the Regional Arts Fund, or any other Australian Government funding program administered by the Department of Communications and the Arts. This includes Festivals Australia and Visons Australia.


  • Quick Response applications are assessed against the criteria by Country Arts SA grants management staff. Decisions are made and recipients notified within ten working days from the date the final application with supporting documentation is submitted.
  • Community Grants, both Step Up and Step Out applications are assessed against the criteria by the Grants Assessment Panel, made up of peers from regional South Australia. The successful projects are then sent to the Department of Communications and the Arts for announcement by the Federal Minister for the Arts. It is not until the successful projects are announced by the Minister for the Arts that Country Arts SA is able to notify applicants of the assessment outcomes.

Grant Assessment Panel

Eyre, Western and Far North

Ms Cindy Durant

Ms Durant is a well known contemporary glass artist and jeweller who, since 1995, has lived on a remote property on the far west coast of the Western Eyre Peninsula that is completely run on solar, wind power and rain water.

Cindy currently works from her home studio running an art based business making and selling unique glass work and jewellery pieces throughout Australia and the world. She works in many mediums and teaches both at her studio and abroad.

Cindy’s work is held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, USA and Japan with two pieces of glass in Buckingham Palace.

Ms Jenny Silver

Ms Silver is a community artist based in Port Lincoln and has been involved in various collaborative murals. She was a Committee Member of the City of Port Lincoln’s Public Art Policy.

After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts and studying Horticulture in Adelaide Jenny lived and worked in various Aboriginal Communities in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Over the past 20 years she has developed and delivered art workshops for school and community groups. Jenny is currently the Coordinator of Port Lincoln High School’s Aboriginal Arts Program and is committed to creating site specific art work that creatively engages the community.

Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island:

Ms Kathie Stove

Ms Stove is a writer and editor by profession, an introvert by nature, a scientist by training and an advocate for the arts and nature.

She was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Society of Editors, SA in 2015 and IPEd Distinguished Editor status in 2007. Ms Stove is a member of the prestigious Board of Editors in the Life Sciences.

For seven years until 2013, she wrote a monthly arts page for the Kangaroo Island newspaper, The Islander and has published a book profiling 27 island artists, Artists of The Art Part.  She blogs on nature and art from Kangaroo Island and beyond.

Barossa, Yorke and Mid North

Ms Deb Tregilga

Ms Tregilga is a practising ARTS teacher with a focus on Special Needs students and a long history of performing arts in schools. Deb has a history of performing, directing, producing and writing for the stage in regional South Australia from Port Augusta to Kangaroo Island, the Clare Valley and Port Pirie, her home of the last 20 years.

She is currently developing her skills in photography and watercolours, and, is a community member of the Port Pirie Council Public Arts Space Committee.

Ms Danielle Edwards

Ms Edwards is a South Sea Islander woman and a recent business graduate with a major in marketing, who is currently studying for her Master of Gastronomic Tourism with Le Cordon Bleu. She is a freelance consultant specialising in customer relationship management, project management and business services and is currently the Executive Officer for Barossa Food, as well as being contracted by Regional Development Australia Barossa to work with small businesses and food sector projects in the region.

Danielle brings a vibrant energy and willingness to projects that present opportunities for co-creating value between stakeholder groups working towards a greater objective. Collaboration and diversification, of skills and abilities towards a common goal are where the real catalysts for change live.


Mr Michael Harris

Mr Harris was previously a member of the Riverland/Mallee Country Arts Board.

Mr Harris is a well known Indigenous dancer and artist across the Murray and Mallee region of South Australia.

He was a member of the Festivals Australia Commonwealth Funding Committee for six years and has previously been a Board Member and Tutor for the Riverland Youth Theatre.

Sonya Altschwager

Sonya is the Business & Events Manager for the Loxton Chamber of Commerce and has been since 2010. She is passionate about small business and supporting local so regional towns not only survive but thrive. With a Graduate Diploma in Tourism (Festival & Event Design and Management) from Flinders University her career has been centred on sales, marketing and events in management roles within the hospitality industry including Stamford Grand Hotel Adelaide, Barossa Valley Resort and SAPMEA Conventions.

She is involved in many local events including the town’s major event of the year Loxton Light Up Day and Arts on Terrace.  Tourism and events provide significant economic benefits and Sonya believes the arts play a vital role in underpinning both, as well as providing many other broad based benefits within communities.

Limestone Coast

Toni Vorenas

Toni graduated from University with a Bachelor in Education. She went on to complete her Masters in Administration and a post Grad in Neuroscience and Learning. Her teaching career spanned almost 30 years. She has written a number of plays, two of which were performed at Festival Theatre.

Toni has held many leadership positions in the education system. Had planned to teach part-time in 2010 to do some further study and research in the area of ‘neuroscience and learning’ but instead took a one year leave of absence to help her husband establish a coffee shop. That year rolled into 8 years.

In 2013 Toni officially resigned from the Education department to focus her energy on Metro Bakery & Café. Metro started with 3 staff, including Toni and has now grown to 45 staff across two sites. Toni remains passionate about learning and remains a passionate advocate for youth.

Tom Davidson

Enamoured with fish and the water since early childhood, artist and keen outdoorsman Tom Davidson, continued his studies of Fisheries Biology at Humboldt State University in the Pacific Northwest of California where he took a keen interest in sustainable fisheries management and Ichthyology; the study of fish identification, form and function.

Upon graduation of the 5 year course, including a minor in Graphic Design, he returned home to Australia to work in the Fisheries Research and Aquaculture Industry in NSW and QLD for three years prior to moving to Robe, SA.

In 2014, Tom returned to University to study a Bachelor of Education of Science and Art. Now a teacher at a rural area school, Tom has managed to merge several of his passions together to create an educational philosophy that advocates a connection with the environment, the use of sustainable practices, and embracing creativity by teaching what he likes to call ‘The Art of Science’.