Grants in the Bush a targeted round for MMM7 communities

NTRAF propose delivering a targeted grant round for applicants (individuals and groups) who reside in locations under the MMM7 category.

The Northern Territory is the most sparsely populated jurisdiction in Australia with 40% of people living remote or very remote. 30% of the Northern Territory population identifying as First Nations Australian of which 76% live remote and very remote. Currently applications that NTRA receives are not representative of this cultural and geographical diversity. This indicates an opportunity to enhance the artistic and cultural practice being supported through Regional Arts Australia through a targeted grant round that is targeted directly into remote communities, Grants in the Bush can assist remote artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs. Four individuals or groups will be offered the opportunity to apply for a $10000 grant for a project of their making, they will be offered support in the applications process. This could include asset replacement or purchase, support for arts practice (including self-directed residency/research and development), small projects and professional development opportunities. Grants in the Bush round has a targeted approach that will introduce remote applicants to the Regional Arts Fund and support the skill development in project management and grant applications for First Nations artists and cultural workers. Through this affirmative action NTRAF will increase the equity of our funding distribution working towards our goals to create an accessible and fair funding program that supports the unique needs of the Northern Territory.

ABOUT NT 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 Inc (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 Inc, 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.

About Regional Arts Fund

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).

As we move into a new era of program delivery and connection, Artlands 2021 will adopt a flexible, hybrid model, using digital to augment the live experience.
Presented and delivered by Regional Arts Australia, and taking place alongside Junction Arts Festival, Artlands is designed to showcase new thinking, present contemporary work, generate exchange and conversations; the programming champions best practice and strengthens a national network of artists and practitioners working in regional, rural and remote Australia.
Artlands 2021 will be a gathering like no other. Take a moment now to mark it in your calendar. You won’t want to miss this.


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 Recovery Boost, Project 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


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Ngukurr Arts Aboriginal Corporation
Print Workshop - Reduction Lino and Woodblock Printing & Etching: Image by Gwenneth Blintner Lino. 2019


 Quick Response Round is now Open 
1st April until fund are allocated.

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 until funds are spent in each round. 


          Project Grant Round | is now closed -Project must start after 30 June 2021.                         Remote and Indigenous communities are strongly encouraged to apply.                                                                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.

  X A V I A Live videos, Ms Xavia Nou, 2020. Image by: Ms Xavia Nou .

Artists and volunteer rates HERE
ANSWERSBANK for questions in application form HERE
Regional Arts Australia Resources Kit HERE
RAF Budget Template HERE
Photo Release Form HERE