The State Government will invest $2.1 million over the next three years to ensure the continuity of grant funding for regional organisations and individuals delivering arts and cultural activities in their communities.
The Regional Arts Sector Investment (RASI) program will be extended for currently funded organisations until the end of the year. The next round of the program will provide more funding opportunities than its previous iteration when it opens later this year.
The RASI program covers operational and employment costs associated with the delivery of regional arts services and programs for regional communities. The fund prioritises the employment of regional Western Australians.
For individuals, the new two-year Artist Career Fellowships program will support professional artists and arts workers in the regions.
The grant programs, delivered through Regional Arts WA (formerly Country Arts WA), will open for applications later this year.
The investment is made up of funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and through the Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program.
For more information on the regional arts funding, visit https://www.regionalartswa.com.au
As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
“The continuation of this funding will provide much-needed ongoing support for regional arts organisations.
“It provides assurance that they will be able to continue presenting their programs, which are so important to local artists.
“Regional arts organisations and local artists play a vital role in their communities, where they support social cohesion, liveability and vibrancy.”
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“We understand in these challenging times the need to keep our regional arts groups alive so they can be there to help rebuild life and the economy throughout WA.
“Regional arts programs are vital to keep communities connected, and to showcase the wealth of talented artists we have across the State.”