Regional Cultural Fund

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Image courtesy of Lake Macquarie City Art Council

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Image courtesy of Lake Macquarie City Art Council

The Regional Cultural Fund was established by the NSW Government to support the development of cultural infrastructure in regional NSW that enables bold, exciting and diverse arts and cultural activities.

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

Since Round One closed on 3 April 2018, $48 million has been shared across 68 projects in nine regions of NSW. See the full list of the 68 projects announced in Round One of the Regional Cultural Fund.

Current Status

Round Two of the Regional Cultural Fund is now open for applications (opens Sunday 1 July 2018).

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.

The application process has also been streamlined to be easier to complete.

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 Round Two close at 12pm on Friday 21 September 2018.

How to apply

Applicants are required to read the Regional Cultural Fund Round Two Guidelines before applying.

Applicants should also read the Assessment Criteria before applying.

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

Make sure you’re registered with SmartyGrants here.

Projects with an estimated total cost of up to $250,000 should:

Projects with an estimated total cost of more than $250,000 should:

  • Fill out the SmartyGrants application form
  • Download and complete a Business Case Template
  • Include their supporting documents
  • Projects with an estimated total cost of more than $5 million should also provide a Treasury Compliant Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) – see more information here.

Eligibility

To be eligible, projects must meet the following conditions:

  • the infrastructure must be 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.

Support material

By 12pm midday, 21 September it is essential that you have submitted your:

  • Fully-completed Smartygrants form; and
  • Fully-completed Business Case or Project Plan with supporting materials (as described in Section 10 of the SmartyGrants application form).

Applicants will not be able to submit the application form, Business Case or Project Plan after the due date.

We understand that there may be situations where essential material supporting your application is not available for inclusion with your application by this deadline.

If there is any support material you cannot supply with your application before the deadline, this may be forwarded separately to the RCF email address up to 12pm midday 28 September. We will then add this to your application. Email regional@arts.nsw.gov.au

Any supporting material that is received after 12pm, 28 September 2018 will not be accepted.

Further information and support

All applicants are advised to read the Regional Cultural Fund Round Two Guidelines including the eligibility and assessment criteria information. In addition to these guidelines, we have three explanatory videos that will take you through everything to help you get your best application in.

Information videos

This general information video is a great place to start for applicants of both the under $250,000 and above $250,000 categories. Here we’ll take you through eligibility, objectives and application requirements.

This video provides an overview of the application process, focusing on the Project Plan and budget for applications with an estimated total cost below $250,000.

This video provides an overview of the application process, focusing on the Business Case and budget for applications with an estimated total cost above $250,000.

If you have any specific questions about your application, Create Infrastructure can be contacted between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday on 02 8289 6575 or via email at regional@arts.nsw.gov.au.

For further support, please read through the following documents:

The team will be providing support for applicants throughout the course of the application process. To stay up-to-date, register your interest below.

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See the full list of the 68 projects announced in Round One of the Regional Cultural Fund.

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