About the Regional Arts Fund

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports and promotes participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional, rural and remote Australia.
Impact of the RAF
  • See the impact of the Regional Arts Fund nationally through our interactive mapping.
  • Read our RAF Case Studies here.
  • Read our recent publication, Impact 1458, on the Regional Arts Fund from 2012-2016
Regional Arts Fund Objectives
  • To encourage and support sustainable economic, social and cultural development in regional communities;
  • To develop partnerships and networks which leverage support for projects and encourage ongoing collaboration;
  • To develop audiences and broaden community engagement with the arts; and
  • To increase employment, professional development opportunities and profile of regional and remote artists.
The RAF Network

Regional Arts Australia works closely with the Department of Communications and the Arts to manage the fund at a national level.

In each State and Territory there is a Regional Program Administrator who delivers the fund in their jurisdiction. Two types of grants are available in each State and the Northern Territory:

  • Community Projects and
  • Quick Response Grants.

Each Regional Program Administrator makes decisions about the delivery of RAF in their jurisdiction and there are slight differences in each jurisdiction.

RAF Regional Program Administrators
RAF National Timeline 2021

RAF National Recipients Lists

History of the RAF

Regional Arts Australia played a vital role in the establishment of the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) in 1996 and, with its member organisations, has managed the fund since 2001 on behalf of the Australian Government.

The initial agreement commenced in 2001 with a grant of $10.1 million. In 2004 the funding pool was increased to $16.1 million and reduced to $11.8 million in 2008. In 2012, the total value of the Fund was $12.5 million over the four-year agreement. In July 2016 RAA signed a new Commonwealth Grant Agreement of $3,371,000 annually over the next four years.

Click here to be taken to the Department of Communications and the Arts website to download the RAF logo.