Regional Arts Fund have put out a media release in response to last week’s support package released by the Honourable Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts (see Alice Arts Sector Connects news post here). The Regional Arts Fund media release can be viewed here.

Additionally, Regional Arts Fund’s Quick Response Grants have been reopened. This 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. For more information and to apply please click here.

Lastly, the Northern Territory Government has today expressed to Red Hot Arts that grant funding arrangements are to become flexible with a focus on maintaining job security and funding stability. “In the event those decisions, which are focussed on limiting the spread of COVID-19, (eg. cancellation of travel, reduced non-essential service provision while maintaining employee expenses) varies the grant funding or fee for service arrangements, funded organisations will not be penalised as a result of such decisions. Flexibility is required in managing grants for service provision, events and other activities.” Professor Catherine Stoddart, Chief Executive, Department of Health.