Regional Arts Fund March 2021 grant round now open

The March 2021 Regional Arts Fund (RAF) grant round opens today. The RAF is an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. The program is managed by Regional Arts Australia and Country Arts SA, and is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities.

Funding will support regional artists and community groups for projects that inspire arts and cultural activity in rural, regional and remote areas of South Australia.

Regional artists who are looking to develop their arts practice, or artists and organisations who are motivated to stimulate their communities through innovative arts projects are encouraged to apply. Funding for the March 2021 round is available for projects commencing after 1 July 2021. Applicants must be based in regional SA, with grants available in the categories of Step Out for organisations only (up to $30,000) and Step Up for individuals only (up to $15,000). The focus of the project can include visual arts, circus, dance, film, literature, music, photography, theatre, craft, new media, community arts and cultural development or be multi-art form.

In 2020, the Regional Arts Fund Step Up and Step Out grants saw support for 16 new projects sharing in more than $355,843.

The Regional Arts Fund supports a diverse range of arts and cultural activities across regional rural and remote SA.

Country Arts SA CE Anthony Peluso said, “In 2020 especially we turned to the arts to assist us in navigating unchartered terrain; the arts have the power to bring communities together (even while physically distanced) and can help support our understanding of the world around us. It is important that we acknowledge and support people in expressing themselves to make sense of their experiences. In doing so we support the greater community to flourish under changing circumstances.”

Country Arts SA also delivers the Skills Development grant program (up to $3,000). This grant can assist individual artists or groups to provide innovative skills development opportunities through workshops, or provide opportunities for the development of project ideas and concepts. Individual artists, across all art forms, can apply to the Skills Development grant program to pursue unique development opportunities from 1 February 2021.

The Quick Response grant (up to $4,000 for organisations and $2,000 for individuals) is available throughout the year to support regional artists to access professional arts development and training opportunities, or organisations and communities with small project opportunities that arise at short notice.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project ideas with a Country Arts SA team member.

The Step Up, Step Out and Skill Development grants close 15 March 2021.

The Regional Arts Fund is administered on behalf of the Australian Government by Regional Arts Australia and its member organisations which include Country Arts SA.