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Regional Arts Fund - Quick Response Grants

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting cultural activity in regional and remote Australia, the program is administered in the state by Arts Tasmania. The objectives, general eligibility and guidelines for the Regional Arts Fund in Tasmania are available here.

Key dates

The Quick Response Grant program is open all year round. Applications submitted by midnight on the last Sunday of every month are collated for a monthly assessment (excluding December).

Your application should be submitted by 11:59 pm on Sunday, 25 November 2018.


Applicants will be informed of their outcome within 10 working days of the new month, and those successful will be paid after returning completed acceptance paperwork.

Who can apply?

  • Only individuals can apply for Quick Response Grant provided they are based in Tasmania and where the primary beneficiaries are Tasmanian residents
  • Young and emerging artists, artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, Indigenous artists and artists with disability are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Applications from remote and isolated communities, or communities experiencing significant disadvantage are strongly encouraged to apply.

All applicants must have an ABN, or, if they do not have an ABN, must have an auspicing organisation to manage their grant.

How much can I apply for?

Up to $1 500 for individuals only, to respond to unique arts opportunities that present at short notice. Projects that can be funded within the Community Grant program timeframe will not be eligible. Applicants are encouraged to only apply for what they need and the assessment panel can choose to part-fun requests if deemed appropriate.

Individuals can apply for up to $1 500 and are eligible to receive a total of $1 500 over an 18 month period.

This fund can be used to undertake:

  • Professional development by Tasmanian artists in Tasmania, interstate or overseas
  • Employment of professional artists to conduct seminars and forums, which develop professional arts practices and share skills within the arts community
  • Eligible projects in any art form that fall outside of existing funding program deadlines.

To be considered for funding for the QRG’s an applicant must:

  • Demonstrate that there is no other funding program for which the proposal is eligible either by its nature or its timing.

Who will assess my application?

All applications are assessed against the RAF Program Objectives.

Quick Response Grants are assessed by a panel of experts that may include artists, art practitioners and Arts Tasmania Officers.

In the event that a sitting member of the Regional Arts Fund Assessment Panel has a perceived or real conflict of interest with an application they shall declare that conflict and will be excluded from the assessment process for that application.

What do I need to provide with my application?

The following information is required:

  • The completed application form including a balanced project budget.
  • Details of your auspicing organisation (if required)
  • A one page resume/CV for all paid professional personnel in the project. (If you can we recommend you consolidate these into one PDF)
  • Samples of artwork by paid artists and key artistic personnel involved in the project. (This can include images, PowerPoint slides, soundtracks, videos, catalogues, reviews, articles, programs or critiques – quality rather than quantity is the recommendation here).
  • A maximum of three support letters. (If you can we recommend you consolidate these into one PDF)
  • Confirmation of key personnel (eg by email or a scanned copy of a letter). (If you can we recommend you consolidate these into one PDF)

If your project involves Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander content, your application must include evidence of consultation with the relevant community (refer to

If you are unsure about how to appropriately consult with community please contact Arts Tasmania’s Aboriginal Arts Program Officer, Denise Robinson.

How do I apply?

Apply now

All applications are developed and submitted through the online application system SmartyGrants. Applicants will need to register or log in to SmartyGrants before starting their application.

Applications can be developed and submitted as soon as the grant round opens. Applicants are able to save and revisit an application as many times as they wish until either the grant round has closed or the application has been submitted. Once an application is submitted it cannot be reopened and the RAF Manager is not able to make changes or attach additional documents.

Quick Response Grants - application form

Help with your application

We recommend you seek advice from an Arts Tasmania program officer before submitting your application.

For all enquiries please call 6165 6666 or email

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