Apply for RAF Grants


NOTE: Round is now CLOSED


RAF Project Grants (formerly Community Grants) – up to $30,000

Project Grants are intended to assist arts and cultural development projects that meet the objectives and eligibility criteria of the Regional Arts Fund.

Competitive rounds will be delivered once annually in 2020-21.

All Projects must be completed by 30 June 2022 and must not commence before 1 July 2021.


Project Grants have three categories:

1. Project and Skills Development Grants– maximum amount $30,000

For projects involving regional artists that have a public outcome, and significantly engage the community in which they are based. They can also be used for skills development opportunities for regional artists, arts groups or community organisations.


2. Small Festivals Grants – maximum amount $6,000

For small, volunteer run arts festivals to employ a professional (regionally based) arts worker to assist to program or coordinate the event, or provide skills development and mentoring for the volunteer committee. Applicants must demonstrate that they have no paid administrative staff and provide evidence of audience growth and community support for the festival. The application should explain how the role will impact on the festival’s processes and strategies going forward.


3. Regional Arts Fund Fellowship – maximum amount $20,000

The Regional Arts Fund Fellowship Program is intended to assist artists to undertake a self-directed program that builds their capacity to sustain a career in regional Victoria. This fellowship offers the opportunity for an artist or group to undertake a range of activities including residency opportunities, the creation of new work, research and development, skills development and experimentation.

One $20,000 fellowship is available per round for an individual artist living and working in regional Victoria. Groups must have a demonstrated history of ongoing collaborative practice. Applicants must provide evidence of past work and demonstrate how the proposed activity will extend the boundaries of their practice. While no public outcome is required, applicants must document their experience and share their findings in their acquittal.

How to apply:

1) Read the Guidelines (audiobefore starting your application. Other helpful tools for your online application will be available soon.

2) Contact a member of our Partnerships Department prior to starting an application to make sure the project is eligible, and to learn about making the most of an application.

3) Apply online for via SmartyGrants. Fellowship applicants apply here via Smarty Grants. Round is now closed.


The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government Program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. It meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in, and access to, the arts; and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts. 

The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. The program is managed nationally by Regional Arts Australia and is delivered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.


Image: Naturefact Artifact, Garden Wall Community Prints. Community Grant 2019 recipient. Photo by Jenny Peterson.