Regional Arts Partnership Program

Country Arts WA

Regional Arts Partnership Program

Regional Arts Partnership Program (RAPP) is one of the three streams of funding delivery appropriated by Country Arts WA’s Scheme Four funding initiative. 

The RAPP aims on bringing together regional artists and arts organisations with key service organisations, to create collaborative partnership groups to drive regional arts development across Western Australia within five identified priority areas. 

The collaborative partnership groups will be teamed up with key service organisations to co-create a shared program or project, within a priority area that meet the RAPP criteria:

  • Collaborative creativity
  • Excellence
  • Relevance
  • Impact
  • Knowledge

The duration of the partnerships will range from one to three years where they will meet to share information and outcomes to deepen the knowledge base and form a RAPP Network. This initiative offers an opportunity for each partnership group to determine their program’s funding requirements.

Whats happened so far:

  • An Expression of Interest process has been delivered with a total of 49 EOI’s  received from regional organisations and artists.
  • The EOI’ s provided an indication of their  priority areas and service organisations with which they wish to collaborate.
  • Meetings have been held with service organisations in Perth to discuss the needs expressed from the regional EOI’s.
  • Further discussions were held with regional organisations and artists to further establish needs and priorities.
  • Fifteen thematic cluster groups were developed through this consultative phase.
  • Service organisations selected thematic clusters that aligned with their strategic directions and indicated possible areas for collaboration.
  • The 49 regional organisations and regional artists will now select their top three thematic clusters.
  • Analysis of the responses will determine the potential impacts of the proposed groups, with the service organisations making a decision collaboratively on which will be the top projects to go forward for development.

The RAPP will finalise the clusters and nominate cluster coordinators in early 2017.

Watch this space for updates of the program and to follow the cluster projects as they are developed and implemented. 

Please contact Ricky Arnold, Regional Arts Partnership Program Coordinator if you require any further information.

Email  RArnold@countryartswa.asn.au or phone 08 9200 6200/ 1800 811 883 WA Regional Freecall.


Country Arts WA’s Scheme Four program is made possible by the State Government’s and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Royalites for Regions Creative Regions Program  – a $24 million investment in culture and the arts. Scheme Four has a funding allocation of $5.7 million, and is one of five schemes being delivered through the Royalties for Regions investment.

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