Funding Available For Recovery Projects

Three new recovery funding programs for regional Victorian artists and organisations open Wednesday July 1, 2020.

Bushfire Recovery Small Grants Program

In partnership with Regional Development Victoria, Bushfire Recovery Victoria and Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria will deliver a Creative Recovery Small Grants Program to support community connection, engagement and resilience for communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires in regional Victoria.

One stream of funding is open from July 1, 2020:

Creative Recovery Small Grants (up to $5,000): The program will focus on the creative activity that assists these communities with short and long term recovery. Applicants from the local government areas of Alpine; East Gippsland; Indigo; Mansfield; Towong; or Wangaratta are eligible to apply.

Applicants to this program can apply at any time up to 31 October 2020.

Guidelines for this program are available here

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.

Two streams are funding are open from July 1, 2020:

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 will be open from 1 July 2020, and close 30 September 2020.

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 will be open from 1 July 2020, and close 1 November 2020.

Guidelines for the RAF Recovery Boost programs are available here


For more information about these programs, please head to

Image: 2014, The Elders Project, Butterflies created in the elders workshops, Kinglake Ranges. Photo by Stefanie Robinson.