Resources and Documents

Download: Working-with-Children-Protocols

Download: Australia Council Indigenous Protocols

Download:SA Guidance Material All RAF Grants 2018-19


Download: BUDGET Helpful Hints

Download: BUDGET Example

Download: BUDGET Template

Download:SA Skills Development 2018 Guidance Material

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

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.

Download: Working with Children Protocols



Download Country Arts SA logos


How to Acquit

Country Arts SA requires information regarding the outcomes and financials of your project.  We recommend that applicants build an evaluation plan into the project.

High quality digital photographs (minimum 300 dpi or ~ 1MB) or equivalent documentation of the project is required for acquittals to be accepted.

Country Arts SA may use your acquittal for promotional purposes.




You are eligible to apply to Country Arts SA if you meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate that the applicant is a permanent resident of regional or remote South Australia. South Australian Arts organisations are eligible to apply if they propose to work in the country in collaboration with local communities to assist the development of key arts and cultural opportunities.
  • Applicants need only be a group of people with a common interest.
  • Groups should either be legally incorporated or have an auspicing body prepared to administer the grant on their behalf.
  • Individual artists are only eligible to apply for funding under the Regional Arts Fund Quick Step, Step Up or Step Out grant program.
  • Individuals who apply for Quick Step, Step Up, Step Out grants MUST have an ABN OR be auspiced by an organisation that is registered. An auspicing body is a separate organisation that administers and receives funding on your behalf.
  • Schools may only apply if they propose to facilitate the involvement of the wider community as direct participants in an arts project. Proposals should be developmental, involve an artist or artists of professional standard and should not be part of the school curriculum or school focused extra curricula activities.
  • Applicants should note that festivals or festival organisations in receipt of, or applying for Festivals Australia funding will only be eligible to apply to the Regional Arts Fund for a different project within the same festival. Ongoing or repeated funding for particular organisations or festivals 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:

  • Ongoing administration costs of an organisation associated with a project ( e.g. the administrative costs of a community grantee);
  • Infrastructure projects and projects involving the purchase of assets (e.g. building purchase, renovation or maintenance, purchase of computers);
  • Heritage activities (such as conservation of, or signage at, heritage buildings or sites).  Arts projects located at heritage buildings or sites are eligible;
  • Ongoing activities of collecting institutions for collection development, maintenance, conservation and interpretation.  Collecting institutions and heritage organisations may, however, apply for creative arts projects which are not collection based that fall within the program guidelines;
  • A project or element of a project that is also receiving funding for the same costs from another funding source such as from federal, state or local government, private sector etc;
  • International travel costs, either for an overseas artist to visit Australia or a local artist or arts worker to travel overseas;
  • projects that primarily aim to support state-funded programs managed by Country Arts SA or partnership or sponsorship arrangements between Regional Arts Organisations and other organisations;
  • Performing Arts touring projects are only eligible under the Shows on the Road Program;
  • projects that have commenced or 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 academic program;
  • costs of organising and running competitions, prizes, awards, or fundraising events (for example, judges expenses, administration and infrastructure costs); and
  • Projects managed by grantees who have not acquitted previous grants from the Regional Arts Fund or any other Australian Government funding program administered by the Ministry for the Arts.



Applications for assistance are assessed by a Grants Assessment Panel made up of peers from regional South Australia. They assess all applications against the detailed criteria for each program. Applications are assessed in a competitive environment and applicants should address the relevant criteria.

The panel meets approximately six weeks after the closing date to assess the applications.  The recommendations are then sent to the Federal Minister of the Arts for sign off.  As part of the Country Arts SA Deed of Agreement with the Office for the Arts, it is not until the recommendations are approved and announced by the Federal Minister that Country Arts SA is able to notify applicants of the assessment outcomes.

It is a priority of Country Arts SA to communicate the assessment outcomes to all applicants as soon as they are announced and we are in contact with applicants at the earliest time possible.

Country Arts SA will use your application to gather statistical information.  This information will enable the analysis of trends and be used to advocate and lobby for increased support for regional arts and cultural development.


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.

Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island:


Barossa, Yorke and Mid North

Ms Alexandra Dewitt-Lansom

Ms Devitt-Lansom graduated from Curtin University with Honours in Visual Arts and has been working for 20 years utilising various mediums including glass, ceramic and metal for individual artworks, community cultural development and public art projects.

Presently she is extending her arts practice research in Australian Indigenous Culture through a Masters of Human Rights.

Alexandra works from her studio on a rural property in the Mid Murray region.  Her work is in private and public collections in Australia, New Zealand and UK.



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.


Ms Susie Ifould

Ms Ifould is a former Director of the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery as well as being a practicing Ceramicist, Object Maker and Designer.

She previously ran the Urban Cow Studio which featured an exhibition gallery, retail outlet and production studio in Adelaide.


Limestone Coast

Ms Jayne Stacey

Ms Stacey is a practising visual artist working in mixed media and  is the Manager of the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Community Cultural Development and studied a Diploma of Fine Arts at Warrnambool TAFE.

Ms Stacey has been exhibiting for over 25 years and actively participates in a broad variety of artistic professional development opportunities. She has also worked in management and case work within the field of Disability.


Ms Gina Raisin

Ms Raisin’s eclectic career in the arts has spanned over several decades working for media teams in radio, television and film – NWS9 in production, Archangel Australia for BBC documentaries directed by Gabrielle Kelly, Production Coordinator on Paul Cox’s “Lust and Revenge” and Production Manager on Rolf de Heer’s “Bad Boy Bubby”.

In between she has forged a career in community development, and wherever possible wove art into her practice, whether in video based projects for young people or encouraging and mentoring young artists in the community.  Gina Raisin is currently working towards becoming a full time artist in multiple visual art disciplines.