Regional Cultural Fund (RCF) Digitisation Round Guidelines

Portable photographic studio set-up at Orange Regional Museum (ORM) shooting an object from Canowindra Historical Society & Museum collection. Courtesy Annie Stevens and ORM for M&G NSW 2018.

Portable photographic studio set-up at Orange Regional Museum (ORM) shooting an object from Canowindra Historical Society & Museum collection. Courtesy Annie Stevens and ORM for M&G NSW 2018.

Applications for the Regional Cultural Fund (RCF) Digitisation Round are closed.

Applications for the Regional Cultural Fund Digitisation Round opened Monday 14 December and closed Friday 29 January 2021.

Background

The Regional Cultural Fund (RCF) has been established by the NSW Government to support the development of cultural infrastructure (including digitisation) in regional NSW that enables bold, exciting and diverse arts and cultural activities.

The focus of Rounds One and Two of the Regional Cultural Fund was to support built infrastructure. A funding round has now been established to increase digitisation capabilities in regional NSW. Local Councils are invited to apply for funds to become an established best practice digitisation hub, and formally partner with smaller museums in their region.

The NSW Government recognises the social, cultural and economic value of the arts in regional NSW. A thriving arts and cultural sector provides a focus for communities and offers opportunities for learning and self-development. Participation in the arts promotes personal and collective wellbeing, as well as contributing strongly to an innovative and robust local economy. Investment in arts and cultural facilities in regional NSW drives dynamic country towns and regional centres, with facilities and programs attracting visitors and giving regional artists more opportunities.

Cultural infrastructure also plays a role in supporting regional economic development and improving the lives of people living in regional environments. It ensures regional communities across NSW remain attractive and vibrant places for people to live. All decisions will be made based on evidence demonstrating that projects have a positive economic and social impact for regional NSW.

Aims

The Regional Cultural Fund aims to strengthen regional arts, screen, culture and heritage, and revitalise local communities through strategic investment. This includes the strengthening of digital capabilities to support regional cultural infrastructure and collections to:

  • provide a distinctive cultural experience — enabling access and preservation of unique arts, screen, culture and heritage offerings or meeting an identified need or gap
  • enhance cultural vitality — improving or establishing cultural digital assets and generating additional jobs in the cultural sector or the broader economies of the region
  • promote increased participation in creative and cultural activities — enabling access to and increasing participation and diverse audiences for arts and culture in regional communities, including for young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • ensure excellence — projects should consider best practice standards as a key component of the project development and procurement process.

Objectives of the RCF Digitisation Round

  • Maximise the reach of funds by embedding digitisation resources and expertise in regional arts and cultural organisations;
  • Create or enhance partnership networks, enabling the sector to continue digitising collections into the future and fully leverage future opportunities;
  • Complete the Collections and Stories website to enable centralised, high quality access to digitised museum objects dispersed throughout regional NSW to showcase regional collections.
Image: Portable photographic studio set-up at Orange Regional Museum (ORM) shooting an object from Canowindra Historical Society & Museum collection. Courtesy Annie Stevens and ORM for M&G NSW 2018.
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