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Geelong Gallery Collection Storage upgrade. Photo: Matt O'Donnell

  • heritage
  • regional

    The Regional Collections Access Program supports museums and galleries in regional Victoria (and interface shires) to undertake equipment and infrastructure upgrades.

    The Victorian Government’s Regional Collections Access Program (RCAP) provides support for equipment and infrastructure upgrades and specialist expertise at regional Victorian museums and galleries (including eligible interface LGAs), to increase their ability to attract and present high quality exhibitions and works.

    In supporting museums and galleries to appropriately care for and store cultural collections, RCAP will enable activities such as the loaning and touring of collection items from local, state, national and international lending institutions.

    This will help regional galleries and museums to attract more visitors and provide access to more art and cultural collections.

    This program is being delivered by Regional Arts Victoria in partnership with Creative Victoria, the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA Victoria), Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) and the National Gallery of Victoria.

    Full details, including program guidelines, information on how to apply and frequently asked questions (FAQs) is available on the Regional Arts Victoria website.


    Funding available

    Three tiers of funding are available through the RCAP:

    • Tier 1: Grants of up to $40,000 are available to support equipment purchase and installation and project management/specialist expertise to facilitate project outcomes;
    • Tier 2: Grants of up to $150,000 are available to support small-medium scale capital and/or maintenance works including equipment purchase and project management/consultants/specialist expertise to facilitate project outcomes.
    • Tier 3: Grant of $150,000+ are available for medium-large scale capital and/or maintenance works including equipment purchase and project management/consultants/specialist expertise to facilitate project outcomes.

    Who can apply

    The RCAP is open to:

    Galleries and museums in all Victorian regional Local Government Areas (LGAs) as well as in the following 10 interface LGAs:

    • Cardinia Shire Council
    • Casey City Council
    • Hume City Council
    • Melton Shire Council
    • Mitchell Shire Council
    • Mornington Peninsula Shire
    • Nillumbik Shire Council
    • Whittlesea City Council
    • Wyndham City Council
    • Yarra Ranges Council

    Applicants must be members of AMaGA Victoria, PGAV or Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV). If you are not currently a member you can contact the organisations to become a member prior to the closing date of the program. (See the program frequently asked questions (FAQs)  for more information).

    Full eligibility details are available in the guidance material on the Regional Arts Victoria website.


    Key dates

    Applicants to this program can apply at any time up to the closing date of 5.00pm, Thursday 24 February 2022.


    Who to talk to

    This program is being administered by Regional Arts Victoria. Advisors from AMaGA and PGAV are available to help you with your application. Visit the program page on the Regional Arts Victoria website for contact details.


    Links and downloads

    Links to program guidelines, information on how to apply and FAQs are available on the Regional Arts Victoria website.


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