Regional Cultural Fund

Entertainment for Fusion Multicultural Street Festival, Wagga. Photo Museum of the Riverina

Image: Entertainment for Fusion Multicultural Street Festival, Wagga. Photo Museum of the Riverina

The  Regional Cultural Fund has been established by the NSW Government to ensure regional NSW receives its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure and the associated recreational and educational benefits.

The Fund will invest $100 million over four years to drive growth in arts, screen, cultural and heritage infrastructure for the social, cultural and economic benefit of communities in regional NSW. Up to $25 million is available in the first round of funding.

Current Status 

Applicants notified
From 5 December 2017, every applicant will have received a notification regarding the status of their application. Every effort was made to send the notification by email and/or post to as many contacts listed on the application as possible. However, if you have not received your notification please first check with the person who lodged the application through Smarty Grants.

Stage Two
The Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office will support applicants progressing to Stage Two of the assessment process with additional training and support.

Applications for Stage Two close at 12.00pm midday on 3 April, 2018.

Training and Support

Supporting material and templates
The below documents have been prepared to assist you complete Stage Two of the application.

For all applicants:

For projects with Estimated Total Cost (ETC) below $250,000:

For projects with an Estimated Total Cost (ETC) above $250,000:

Webinar Information Session

A webinar information session was held on Thursday 14 December at the Lismore Regional Gallery and broadcast live via this website. The webinar informed shortlisted applicants of the requirements for Stage Two. Videos of the three sessions are available to watch below. In addition, the questions and answers from the webinar are available here and the PowerPoint presentation is available here.

Session One – General Information

Session Two – Information for projects with an ETC below $250,000

 Session Three – Information for projects with an ETC above $250,000

Email Updates
Email updates will be sent to all shortlisted applicants with frequently asked questions, top tips, training updates and other news about Round One.

Teleconference training
In early 2018, training will be provided through teleconferences. Keep an eye out for the weekly updates for the session times and dates. If you have an idea for a teleconference topic, please feel free to let us know via

Phone call and email
The Regional Cultural Fund phone line (02) 8289 6575, and email, will be available during business hours for any further queries or support you may require.

Assessment Process

Once the Stage Two assessment information is submitted, a panel will assess and score the projects against the Regional Cultural Fund’s criteria.

Successful projects will be announced in mid-2018.

Background Information

The Regional Cultural Fund will support investment in new and upgraded arts and cultural infrastructure, to support the provision of operational funding and to address the significant disparity in the quality and quantity of arts and cultural resources between regional and metropolitan areas.

The information on this page is a guide only. 

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