RAF Announcements: Regional Arts Fund Community Grants Round | June 2019
50 projects receive Regional Arts Funding, including 10 First Nations projects
Across Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia, 50 new Regional Arts Fund projects will take place from 1 July 2019, including 10 First Nations projects.
The Australian Government has announced 50 projects will receive funding through the latest Regional Arts Fund Community Grants round. These projects include community capacity building projects as well as professional development for artists and arts workers across regional, remote and rural Australia.
The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is a competitive funding program which continues to be highly sought after with small to medium arts organisations, individual artists, local government, schools, festivals and other non-arts community groups who see the value of engaging artists for projects in their local communities. The RAF supports sustainable cultural development in regional communities in Australia with the recipients showcasing the breadth and calibre of projects across regional, remote and rural Australia. Demand for the fund continues to be high, especially in Western Australia where less than 15% of eligible applications are successfully funded.
Regarding the announcement, Regional Arts Australia Executive Director Ros Abercrombie commented, “we are thrilled with the quality and diversity of applications and look forward to seeing the impact that the projects have across regional Australia. An exciting development in this round is the increase in projects where the main beneficiary is First Nations people, with 30% of funds being directed to these 10 projects”. Each jurisdiction has at least one project with First Nations beneficiaries, with 3 projects each in Queensland and South Australia. The projects range from choirs, to internships, to social enterprise initiatives and demonstrate strong First Nations leadership in the arts.
Also in this round Regional Arts Australia welcomed RANT Arts as the new administrators of the fund in Tasmania, having joined the network in January 2019. Based in Launceston, the new organisation aims to connect artists and organisation across the State.