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Regional Arts Fund

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is an Australian Government program designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities.

Following the closure of Artslink, Arts Queensland will deliver the RAF while the Queensland Music Festival will deliver the Youth Touring Program.


Regional Arts Fund


RAF supports and promotes participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional and remote Australia by:

  • encouraging and supporting sustainable economic, social and cultural development in regional communities
  • developing partnerships and networks which leverage financial and/or in-kind support for specific projects and encourage ongoing collaboration
  • developing audiences and broadening community engagement with the arts
  • increasing employment and professional development opportunities for, and raising the profile of, regional and remote artists.

Key dates - Round 2, 2017

RAF stream




For projects commencing on or after

Community Project Grants Up to $30,000

17 July 2017

24 August 2017      1 January 2018
Quick Response Grants Up to $3,000 Rolling from 1 July to 30 November 2017

The Regional Arts Fund is now closed for 2017.

A minimum of four weeks after application is received.











How to apply

  1. Read the Regional Arts Fund Guidelines (PDF) (185.9 KB), Terms of Funding (PDF) (184.94 KB), and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (189.46 KB). 
  2. Apply online - Community Project Grants
  3. Apply online - Quick Response Grants


Regional Arts Fund Community Project Grants, Round 1 2017 Grant recipients (PDF) (715.58 KB)

Regional Arts Fund Community Project Grants, Round 2 2016 Grant recipients (PDF) (824.58 KB)

Outcome Reports are to be submitted via the Arts Queensland SmartyGrants portal, however to assist with your reporting preparation, sample Outcome Report templates are available here:

Community Project Grants (PDF) (411.42 KB), and RAF QRG Outcome Report Preview (PDF) (71.25 KB)



Please note that individually funded projects are required to use the Australian Government Regional Arts Fund logo and statement provided by the Government:

‘This project was made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.’

The RAF program logo is available here.


More information

For further assistance please contact Arts Queensland on phone (07) 3034 4016 or 1800 175 531 (toll free), or email