The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is an Australian Government Program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. The program is managed by Regional Arts Australia and, in the Northern Territory, by Darwin Community Arts Inc, trading as Northern Territory Regional Arts (NTRA). The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities.
Individuals: must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency status and must be current residents of the Northern Territory. Applicants under the age of 18 cannot apply for RAF grants.
Groups: which are not legally constituted must identify an individual within the group who will be legally and financially responsible for the grant on behalf of the group. The individual must meet the above criteria for individuals.
Organisations: must be legally constituted and not-for-profit, e.g. an incorporated association or a local government statutory authority. An organisation must be an Australian entity, registered and operating in the Northern Territory.
RAF in the Northern Territory is administered by Darwin Community Arts Inc trading as Northern Territory Regional Arts (NTRA) across two funding streams:
Project Grants (Funding up to $20,000 available)
The Project Grants stream supports applications which benefit the community, increase access and participation, and/or provide direct benefits to artists/arts workers
Some examples are:
Quick Response Grants (Funding up to $2,000 for individuals or $4,000 for organisations available).
Applications to the RAF Quick Response category can be submitted all year round for projects that start 4 weeks after the application submission date.
Quick Response Grants are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities.
The RAF Quick Response Grant category supports creativity, innovation, participation and access to cultural activities which contribute to the sustainable cultural, social and economic capacity and well-being of individuals and community.
Skills development initiatives may relate to specific arts practice; arts management; small business management; emerging technologies; arts or cross sector training and mentoring schemes; or broader community cultural development and capacity building.