Prior to July 2018, in Queensland, RAF was administered by Arts Queensland. It is currently being delivered through Flying Arts Alliance Inc (FAA).
- NSW: Regional Arts NSW
- SA: Country Arts SA
- TAS: RANT
- WA: Country Arts WA
For example, you may wish to attend a workshop or complete a project within a certain time frame and cannot access appropriate funding through any other means.
Please note that you will be expected to detail why your project cannot be funded through other means as part of your application.
This type of grant would also suit individual professional development.
To check your eligibility:
- first access the MMM map layer, by selecting the classification filter “Modified Monash Model 2019” in the lefthand menu.
- then enter your organisation’s address or your home address in the “find address” field box
Only applicants in MMM2 – MMM7 locations are eligible.
Regionally-based applicants are eligible to use RAF funding to travel to a MMM1 location or overseas as part of funded activities, for example for professional development or profile raising activities. However, projects and activities must principally benefit regional and remote communities and their artists and arts workers.
- Carefully read the RAF Queensland Guidance Materials and Frequently Asked Questions (available on the FAA website).
- Call FAA if you have any questions.
- Plan in detail what you would like to do, considering all aspects of who, what, where, why and when. Gather support material to back up the details of your project from partners and key personnel (more information below).
- Arts Queensland has developed a suite of resources to assist you in completing funding applications, including tips for applying, budget samples and helpful checklists. You can find these on Arts Queensland’s Arts Acumen webpage: www.arts.qld.gov.au/arts-acumen
- Once you begin your application, provide clear and succinct information for the assessors and ensure you respond to the fund objectives and assessment criteria.
- Upload relevant and targeted support material that supports the claims in your application. For example, if you provide a website link, make sure it takes assessors directly to the relevant information or image.
- For projects involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples, relevant support or consultation with community, Elders and/or Traditional owners is essential.
Not for the Project Grant stream. To be eligible, all RAF Project Grant applications need to have at least some income from other funding sources. This can be both cash and in-kind. Applicants are encouraged to put a realistic value on ‘in-kind’ assistance. The Arts Investment – Important information for Applicants document provides the following definition of in-kind support:
‘In-kind support includes volunteer labour, administrative support, rent-free accommodation or donations of materials or equipment. These contributions should be given a dollar value and should be included in your proposed budget’.
Your grant application is greatly strengthened by evidence to support the claims in your application and demonstrate the quality, demand and stakeholder and community support for your project.
This evidence could include;
- CVs for key artists or personnel
- survey results from past audiences, participants or community members
- examples and evaluations of previous work
- relevant arts and cultural plans and strategies
- evidence of compliance with protocols (e.g. Public Liability insurance, Blue Card)
Letters of support can demonstrate that people see your work as important and want to be involved. They can also show that you have discussed your project with the people who are essential to its success and that you have their support. Letters of support might include letters from:
- partners or stakeholders listed in your application, particularly anyone who has confirmed funding or in-kind support for your project (e.g. local council, venue/gallery owners, volunteers)
- artists involved in creating the work
- community groups or representatives of communities who will be involved in the project
- the potential audience for your project – perhaps there are people who are familiar with your work and have an interest in seeing new work
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities if your work involves these communities or contains cultural references. This will indicate that the appropriate permissions and consultations have taken place
Applicants should address the RAF assessment criteria according to the project’s ability to meet the following objectives:
- Encourage and support sustainable economic, social and cultural outcomes in regional communities;
- What are the planned economic, social and cultural outcomes of the project?
- Does the project have long term benefits to sustain arts and cultural activity?
- Does the project build the capacity of the local arts sector?
In what ways is the project new or innovative? (This is particularly important to consider for annual festivals or events)
- What outcomes are expected from the project and what difference will they make?
- Does the project identify future ongoing development?
2. Develop partnerships and networks which leverage financial and/or in−kind support for regional arts projects and encourage ongoing collaboration;
- Who in the community will be engaged in the project – artist, arts workers, and audience?
- Does the project promote partnerships and networks that support community and artistic practice and exchange?
- In what ways do the activities expand opportunities and networks for those involved?
3. Develop audiences and broaden community engagement with the arts;
- Who benefits from the activity (individuals, groups in the community)?
- Does the project include diverse groups in the community?
- Are there outcomes for the wider community or the arts sector generally?
- What are expected participation/audience numbers?
- Does the project have support of the local community?
- Does the project respond to a demand or need? In what ways?
How does the project provide high quality experiences for audiences, participants, local community?
- If focused on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, does it have support of the community, elders and/or Traditional owners?
4. increase employment and professional development opportunities for, and raise the profile of, regional and remote artists; and
- What impact does the proposed activity have for the individual or the organisation?
- In what ways does the project provide opportunities or skills development for artists, arts workers and organisations in regional and remote Queensland?
- How will the project raise the profile of regional and remote artists?
5. Support quality and viability of artistic and cultural activity.
- Who will deliver the project? Provide evidence of the quality of their work (CV, outcomes from previous projects, letters of support).
- Does the project or activity involve a high standard of artistic or professional expertise in the arts and cultural sector?
- Does the project demonstrate viability through adequate financial planning, organisational structures and timelines?
- Does it provide relevant support material and confirmation of artists’ roles and availability, stating clearly the roles of project partners?
- Is the financial request commensurate with proposed outcomes?
Yes. If you have received a RAF grant before and satisfactorily acquitted it you should be eligible to reapply. However, applicants are only eligible to receive one successful grant in each stream per financial year. Dates are based on the round in which the funds are allocated, not when the project occurs.
Applicants are limited to one application per round and one successful application in a 12-month period in each RAF stream. Applicants may be put forward as partners or project workers on other eligible projects in any funding round.
To read about successful RAF projects and activities in Queensland, please head to Case Studies.
Regional Arts Australia’s website provides stories and case studies about projects funded through the Regional Arts Fund. https://regionalarts.com.au/publications
Arts Queensland also publishes case studies on funded projects throughout Queensland. https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/case-studies
If your project involves the public in any way, as creative participants, workshop participants or audience members, you are liable for any claims of personal injury property damage that a third party may make as a result of these activities. In order to protect yourself and/or your organisation, you must have Public Liability Insurance (PLI). The level of insurance you will need will be dictated by the size of your event. You will need to provide evidence of appropriate cover (if relevant) as part of your support material in making your application to RAF.
Where a project involves vulnerable persons, Regional Arts Australia requires that applicants provide all necessary police and other background checks, as required by the relevant legislation in the State or Territory in which the activity takes place (project location).
Vulnerable Persons for this purpose means:
- a Child or Children; or
- an individual aged 18 years and above who is or may be unable to take care of themselves, or is unable to protect themselves against harm or exploitation by reason of age, illness, trauma or disability, or any other reason.
In Queensland, legislation requires that people who work with children and young people must undergo a Working With Children Check to hold a blue card or an exemption card if their work falls into one of the regulated categories of business or employment. For more information, please go to the Queensland Government Blue Card website.
Further, under the Disability Services Act 2006, persons engaged by a non-government service provider at a place where disability services are provided to adults must undergo criminal history screening every three years to hold a yellow card unless exempt if their work falls into one of the regulated categories of business or employment. For more information, please view the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors criminal history screening website.
For resources and links to legislative requirement outside of Queensland please see the Regional Arts Australia Vulnerable People Resource Kit.
For general RAF enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more personalised advice and assistance, please book a consultation with our RAF Program Manager.
Regional Arts Fund Consultations are a one-on-one opportunity to discuss and receive advice about your Quick Response Grant or Project Grant application.
Consultations run for 15 minutes and are held over the phone. To make the most of your time, we ask that you come prepared with a brief description of the proposed activity/project you are applying for and a list of questions you have about the RAF.
RAF Consultations are for assistance with:
- Understanding eligibility
- Addressing the criteria
- Knowing what support materials to include
- Evidencing and following cultural protocols
- Working with children and vulnerable people requirements
- Budgeting appropriately
RAF Consultations are NOT for:
- Receiving feedback on previous applications
- Brainstorming activity/project concepts
- SmartyGrants Training
Book your RAF Consultation here.
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia.