Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost


The Recovery Boost is a $10 million targeted measure announced by the Australian Government in 2020 as part of the Relief and Recovery Fund. It responds to the difficulties experienced by regional artists, arts organisations and communities who have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Three streams are funding were available through the program:


Renewal (to $125,000 over three years): Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long term outcomes, with sustainable future-positioning focus. These projects will be strategic in nature. Collaborations across State and Territory borders will be encouraged. The projects can be process-driven and provide an opportunity to think beyond ˜snap back’ and to consider renewed arts practice and learning processes.

Project activities could include partnership projects, community events or programs, First Nations-led renewal and wages for workers (First Nations worker positions will be encouraged). 

The RAF Renewal program will follow a three-stage application process:

STAGE 1 “ Registration of interest (open to anyone) – CLOSED

STAGE 2 “ Shortlisted applicants invited to make a full application.

STAGE 3 “ Regional Arts Australia will assess these applications, in consultation with the Department. 

Download the guidelines for the RAF Recovery Boost here:

Guidelines PDF

Guidelines DOC

Guidelines Audio

Additional guidelines for Renewal PDF – Must be read in addition to the above guidelines

Additional guidelines for Renewal DOC

Additional guidelines for Renewal AUDIO



The programs below are now closed. The assessment process for these programs are outlined in the guidelines. Information for successful applicants can be found here.

Relief (up to $5,000): Relief grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs. This could include asset replacement or purchase, support for arts practice (including self-directed residency/research and development), small projects and professional development opportunities.

Recovery (up to $30,000): Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Project activities could include creative recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement (up to $5,000) and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses.

Image: Balmoral Mural by Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran, supported by the Regional Arts Fund. Photo by Clare Ryan.