About the RAF Recovery Boost

Immediate, medium, and long-term funding for individuals and organisations.

The Recovery Boost is a one-off targeted investment provided by the Australian Government. The funding recognises that the creative industries are central to thriving and healthy communities across regional, rural and remote Australia and that arts and culture activities are vital in the recovery and renewal process.

The Recovery Boost grant program will be implemented in three stages moving from Relief to Recovery and Renewal.

RAF Relief

Relief grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs. This could include asset replacement or purchase, support for arts practice (including self-directed residency/research and development), small projects and professional development opportunities.

RAF Recovery

Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

Project activities could include creative recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement (up to $5000) and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses.

RAF Renewal

Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long-term outcomes, with a sustainable future-positioning focus.

These projects will be strategic in nature. Collaborations across State and Territory borders will be encouraged. The projects can be process-driven and provide an opportunity to think beyond ‘snap back’ and to consider renewed arts practice and learning processes.

Project activities could include partnership projects, community events or programs, First Nations-led renewal and wages for workers (First Nations worker positions will be encouraged).

Important Information

This new funding is designed to support Creative Confidence and build Community Confidence

All Recovery Boost funded activities should aim to meet the objectives of the RAF:

  • 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.

Specific assessment critera will be outlined in the Guidance Materials provided by the Regional Program Administrator in your State or Territory.

Applying to the RAF Recovery Boost

The Recovery Boost funds will be delivered through the mechanisms of the Regional Arts Fund. This is a place based program that is designed to meet the needs of each jurisdiction and best practice recovery and responsiveness.

Please check your relevant Regional Program Administrator’s website (links are on the About the Regional Arts Fund page) for further information towards the end of June.

The RAF Recovery Boost program aims to strengthen the fabric of the creative ecosystem across regional Australia with sustainable, long-term support that can inform and strengthen a robust creative sector.