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Quick Response Grants

Last updated on July 1st, 2024 at 09:43 am

Quick Response Grants funds professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers or small project opportunities. The program supports the immediate need that arises where the activity is unable to be planned for or supported in other funding rounds, for example taking up professional development, skills development or small project opportunities at short notice.

You can apply for Quick Response Grants up to $3,000 for individuals and $5,000 for organisations.

How to apply

Please follow these steps carefully before booking to speak with an advisor or applying. Booking times are limited and staff may not be available close to the application deadline. We suggest you plan ahead and book early. Only one advice session per eligible applicant is allowed.
Click on each step from the menu below to view information.

Address: To submit an application, you must be a resident of Regional Victoria.

MMM Indicator: Regional Arts Fund funding cannot principally benefit a location classified as MM 1 (major cities). To check if your project is taking place in an eligible location, visit the Health Workforce Locator at www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/health-workforce-locator

ABN: If you have not already done so, make sure your ABN registration reflects your current regional address. The postcodes must match.

Status: You must be an individual or Australian incorporated organisation or local government organisation.

Unincorporated groups are eligible for funding if auspiced by an organisation that meets the above criteria.

Under 18: You are able to apply, but you must be auspiced by someone over 18 who has an ABN. Your auspice must be an individual, not an organisation.

View more information on eligibility and who is not eligible here.

Your application needs to show evidence of community partnerships and a demonstrated need for this arts activity to happen in a regional community.

Your application must be for a high-quality arts project that benefits regional or remote artists, arts workers, audiences and communities.

Look at previous recipients to see if your project is comparable:

You must read the guidelines before speaking to an advisor or applying.

Eligible applicants for Quick Response Grants do not have to speak advisor before applying, though they are welcome to.

Our Regional Arts Fund advisors are located across the state. You are able to discuss your project by making a booking.

Stacie BobeleAdvising applicants in the G21 Region – Geelong, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe, Golden Plains, and Colac/Otway.
Angela FrostAdvising applicants in Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Loddon, Horsham, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera, Buloke, Yarriambiack, Bendigo, Campaspe and Mildura Shires.
Stacey BarnesAdvising applicants in Warrnambool, Moyne, Glenelg, Southern Grampians and Corangamite Shires.
Nikki RalstonAdvising applicants in Moira Shire ONLY
Jo PorterAdvising applicants across Victoria.
Kate GerritsenAdvising applicants across Victoria.
Susie LyonsAdvising applicants across Victoria.
Nell UstundagAdvising applicants across Victoria.
Pippin RemiAdvising applicants across Victoria.

You can discuss your submission with any of the Advisors, please choose based on their availability.

Contact a funding advisor

Please note – Advisors are available to discuss Regional Arts Fund Project Grants and Quick Response Grants ONLY.*
If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the booking page, please call 1300 882 531.

If you have completed these steps, you may begin your application:

  • Checked your eligibility
  • Read the guidelines
  • Spoken to an advisor* (optional)
  • Gathered your application material required for the application

More information

You will be advised in writing of the outcome of your application no later than 5 business days from the date the round closes, see table below for details.

Projects must commence between 2 to 12 weeks after the date you submit your application, (e.g. the earliest your start date can be is 14 days from the closing date of the round).

*Advice and guidance from Regional Arts Victoria staff can only be provided on business days. While the Quick Response Program is open online on weekdays, there is no support provided on Saturdays, Sundays, or Public Holidays. Please consult with individual staff for their availability as some staff work part-time.

**Please note that Regional Arts Victoria staff are unable to read drafts for Quick Response Grants.


The Quick Response Rounds open in February and run each month until December.

Grant Round OpensGrant Round ClosesDeadline to discuss application with Regional Arts Victoria staff*Deadline for Smarty Grants Support*Notification of OutcomeStart Date
Monday 1 July 2024 
11.59pm Wednesday 31 July 20245pm, Wednesday 31 July 20245pm, Wednesday 31 July 20245pm, Tuesday 6 August 2024 Earliest start date is 15 August 2024 
Thursday 1 August 2024 
Friday 30 August 2024
5pm, Friday 30 August 20245pm, Friday 30 August 20245pm, Friday 6 September 2024Earliest start date is 15 September 2024
9am, Sunday 1 September 202411.59pm, Monday 30 September 20245pm, Monday 30 September 20245pm, Monday 30 September 20245pm, Monday 7 October 2024Earliest start date is 15 October 2024
9am, Tuesday 1 October 202411.59pm, Thursday 31 October 20245pm, Thursday 31 October 20245pm, Thursday 31 October 20245pm, Friday 8 November 2024Earliest start date is 15 November 2024
9am, Friday 1 November 202411.59pm, Friday 29 November 20245pm, Friday 29 November 20245pm, Friday 30 August 20245pm, Friday 6 December 2024Earliest start date is 15 December 2024

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia.