NTeen Fashion Festival: Denique Stewart from Darwin High.
'What happens when all the teddy bears of our childhood are abandoned.' 2018

About the Regional Arts Fund (RAF)

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports and promotes participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) objectives:

  • To encourage and support sustainable economic, social and cultural development in regional communities;
  • To develop partnerships and networks which leverage support for projects and encourage ongoing collaboration;
  • To develop audiences and broaden community engagement with the arts; and
  • To increase employment, professional development opportunities and profile of regional and remote artists.

The Regional Arts Fund is administered in each State or Territory by Regional Program Administrators (Regional Arts Australia’s member organisations and affiliated organisations).

About NTRA

(Northern Territory Regional Arts)

An Australian Government program, the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural and remote communities in Australia. The program is managed by Regional Arts Australia on behalf of the Australian Government and delivered by Regional Program.
Administrators in each state and territory. This model recognises that regional arts funding needsvary across different states and territories and takes advantage of the specialist knowledge and insight State and Territory regional arts organisations have about their regional arts environment.

Darwin Community Arts (DCA) is the new Regional Program Administrator of the Regional Arts Fund in the Northern Territory. Northern Territory Regional Arts (NTRA) is a registered business name of Darwin Community Arts, a non-profit, incorporated association that focuses on grassroots arts and cultural development. The RAF was delivered by the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT inrecent years. The appointment of DCA brings the NT in line with the rest of the country towards having the fund managed independently from Government.


     Cold Drinks Hot Showers, Rhett Hammerton, 2017. Image by: Rhett Hammerton.



Quick Response Grants | Opening Date 1st January 2019 | Closing date (ongoing)
Application Form here | Up to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for groups

The NTRA Quick Response Grant category supports creativity, innovation, participation, and access to arts and cultural activities which contribute to the sustainable cultural, social and economic capacity, and well being of individuals and community. Skills development initiatives may relate to: specific arts practice; arts management; small business management; emerging technologies; arts or cross sector training and mentoring schemes; or broader community cultural development and capacity building.

Applications to the NTRA Quick Response category can be submitted all year round until funds are spent in each quarter. 


    The Grey Panthers performing in ‘Caravan’, Tracks Dance, 2016.


Project Grants | Currently Closed | Application form here.

Grants of up to $20,000

The Project Grants stream supports applications which benefit the community, increase access and participation, and/or provide direct benefits to artists and arts workers.

Some examples are: delivering workshops in preparation for an event, research and/or developing new works, writing and creating a new publication, developing and presenting multi-arts performances, strengthening audience development and opportunities for collaborative partnerships with non-arts based organisations, coordinating, undertaking or providing a mentorship, collaborating with other artists to create new works or present works to new regions skills development initiatives.

Guidelines & Resources

This guidance material has been put together to outline the objectives and eligibility criteria for the Regional Arts Fund in the Northern Territory.
It covers both Community Grants and Quick Response Grants.

Please note that this material is subject to change between grant rounds, so make sure you download the most up to date version from
our website before starting your application.

Download the NTRA Guidelines here


Information and Privacy 
Personal information collected through the Regional Arts Fund is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Regional Arts Australia and RAFNT are required to ensure that necessary permissions are obtained to allow funding to be announced publicly by the Australian Government (including the Minister and the Department), Members of Parliament, Regional Arts Australia and Regional Program Administrators (including ARTS NT), including by way of publication on the internet and in print media by any of those persons. This will include, but may not be limited to, the applicant’s name/organisation name, funded project description, funded amount, state/territory, location and electorate. This information may also be used for reporting and promotional purposes. By signing a Regional Arts Fund grant application you are also providing permission for this personal information to be used in this manner

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