Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund

Transmit, Bundanon Trust 2015. Photo: Heidrun Löhr

Transmit, Bundanon Trust 2015. Photo: Heidrun Löhr

The 2017 NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW and, by doing so, make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of regional NSW more visible and accessible.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the 2017 NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund Guidelines for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Applications open: 16  January 2017
Applications close: 27 February 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

  • Individuals based in regional NSW.
  • Organisations based in regional NSW. For the purposes of this fund regional NSW includes Central Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong and is defined as the areas or regions outside Greater Sydney.
  • The project must include Aboriginal practitioners/arts workers in key creative roles, and incorporate Aboriginal cultures as the focus of the project.


  • Projects must commence on or after 1 July 2017 and be completed by 31 December 2018.

Funding range:

  • up to $5,000 for individual professional artists
  • up to $20,000 for organisations.

The objectives of the NSW ARAF are to:

  • enable Aboriginal communities in regional NSW to explore and express their cultural identities
  • engage and promote regional Aboriginal artists, arts and culture in NSW
  • build local and regional community resislience and engagement of Aboriginal arts and culture
  • build the capacity and sustainability of Aboriginal arts organisations in regional NSW
  • increase professional and skills development opportunities for Aboriginal artists living in regional NSW.

Types of activities funded:

  • workshops
  • arts activities as part of festivals or events
  • artist-in-residence programs
  • public art and design projects
  • performances
  • exhibitions
  • other local arts initiatives
  • professional development.

Assessment criteria:

Applications will be assessed against the Assessment Criteria outlined in the 2017 NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund Guidelines. Applicants are required to review the guidelines before submitting an application.

Applications must be consistent with the objectives of the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy 2015 – 18. Applicants should also consider Arts NSW’s Protocols for Aboriginal Arts and Culture for information on consulting with Aboriginal organisations and communities.

Application process:

See How to Apply for further information.

Go to the Arts NSW online application system to register and apply.

Staff at Arts NSW are available to provide advice to potential applicants:

Barbara Vickery, Administration Officer, Arts Development & Investment

Email: aboriginal.arts@arts.nsw.gov.au

Telephone: 02 9995 0656

Free call: 1800 358 594 (within NSW)

Other funding opportunities for Aboriginal artists and organisations:

Aboriginal Quick Response

Aboriginal Arts and Culture

Other useful links

Aboriginal Arts and Culture in NSW

Past Funding Recipients

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