NSW Regional Cultural Fund

Australian Cultural Diplomacy

Australian Cultural DiplomacyRound Two of the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund is now open for applications.

The round will offer applicants a share in $47 million in funding, including up to $5 million specifically for regional public library infrastructure projects, and support for the creation and installation of artist-led public art.

Through the investment of $100 million, the Regional Cultural Fund aims to strengthen regional arts, screen, culture and heritage, and revitalise local communities.

Round Two invites applications from two funding categories:

Projects with an estimated total cost of up to $250,000
Projects with an estimated total cost of more than $250,000.

Applications for this round close at 12pm on Friday 21 September 2018.

The application process has also been streamlined to make it easier to complete.

To apply for funding, you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through the Create NSW secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

All the necessary information can be found at the Regional Cultural Fund website.

Register for, then dial into live interactive teleconferences explaining the Business Case template, Project Plan template and budget. Teleconferences are held more than once so check the schedule to find a time that suits you.

  • Business Case – this teleconference is for applicants apply for projects with an Estimated Total Cost of more $250,000. Monday 30 July, 10 am – 11 am and Thursday 2 August, 3 pm – 4 pm
  • Project Plan – this teleconference is for applicants apply for projects with an Estimated Total Cost of less than $250,000. Monday 13 August, 10 am – 11am and Thursday 16 August, 3 pm – 4 pm
  • Budget – this teleconference is for all applicants, no matter the size of their project or the category they will apply under. Monday 27 August, 10 am – 11 am and Thursday 30 August, 3 pm – 4 pm

Be sure to register HERE.

To be eligible for Round Two;

  • Projects must have infrastructure based in NSW and be primarily for arts and culture use.
  • The application must demonstrate a co-contribution from non-Regional Cultural Fund sources. This may be in the form of cash or in-kind support.
  • The application must show evidence of community consultation and how the project will improve arts, screen, cultural or heritage outcomes for communities.
    local projects should commence within 24 months, and ideally be completed within three years of funding approval.
  • Where possible, projects should support local procurement, job creation and skills development.

All applicants are advised to read the Cultural Fund Application Guidelines.

Organisations can contact RDA Central West for assistance in developing project proposals on 02 6369 1600.