Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost


The Recovery Boost is a $10 million targeted measure announced by the Australian Government in 2020 as part of the Relief and Recovery Fund. It responds to the difficulties experienced by regional artists, arts organisations and communities who have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Three streams are funding are available through the program:

1. Relief (up to $5,000): 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.

The RAF Relief program is now closed. Applications are assessed on an ongoing basis and applicants will be notified within 30 business days from submission date.

2. Recovery (up to $30,000): 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 $5,000) and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses.

The RAF Recovery Program will operate as a single competitive funding round.

The RAF Recovery program is now closed. The assessment process for this program is outlined in the guidelines.


Assistance regarding applying to the Recovery Program can be accessed up to 12 pm Thursday 29 October. Please consult with your individual Creative Arts Facilitators to determine their capacity to read drafts of applications.

Assistance regarding using Smarty Grants can be accessed up to 5 pm Friday 30 October
Grants Manager
Alicia Wyatt
0483 057 936

Regional Arts Victoria staff will not respond to any enquiries regarding the Recovery Program beyond these time frames.

Due to the high demand of Regional Arts Victoria’s funding programs, it is important that you contact your Creative Arts Facilitators as early as possible regarding your application. We are not able to guarantee communications if you connect with staff close to the due dates.

Download the guidelines for the RAF Recovery Boost here:

Guidelines PDF

Guidelines DOC

Guidelines Audio

Please make sure to contact a member of the Partnerships team before applying, contact details here

3. Renewal (to $125,000 over three years, invitation only): Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long term outcomes, with 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). 

Applications to this program will be by invitation only. Further updates will shared in late 2020. Regional Arts Australia will assess these applications, in consultation with the Department.

Image: Balmoral Mural by Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran, supported by the Regional Arts Fund. Photo by Clare Ryan.