Access for Regional Writers Grants FAQs

1. Do I qualify as living in a regional area?

This grant is available to residents of regional NSW areas as defined by Create NSW.  This definition classifies regional NSW as the areas or regions outside of Sydney and Western Sydney. You can download a PDF of these regions here.


2. What is an acceptable professional development opportunity?

Professional development opportunities can include activities such as courses, workshops and seminars designed to further the applicant’s writing skills or career as a writer. Eligible professional development activities must be run by approved not-for-profit organisations. Applications cannot be for an activity associated with a university or other educational institution if it involves a studying for a formal qualification.

Please contact us if you are still unsure whether your professional development opportunity meets our requirements.


3. What is an approved not-for-profit?

Approved not-for-profits can include organisations such as:

  • The NSW Writers’ Centre
  • Regional NSW writers’ centres funded by Create NSW
  • Professional associations such as the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) and Playwriting Australia
  • TAFE and universities (if the professional development opportunity is not associated with a qualification)


4. Do I need to enrol in a professional development opportunity before applying for the grant?

Applicants can apply for the grant before enrolling in a professional development opportunity. However, successful applicants must supply proof of enrolment prior to receiving the grant.


5. I am enrolled in two professional development activities within the current course period. Can I apply for two grants at once?

No. Applicants can only apply for one Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grant during each round. There are two rounds each year. The first covers courses running from January-June and the second covers courses running from July-December.


6. When will I find out if my grant application has been successful?

Applicants will be advised in June for Round One and December for Round Two.


7. I have previously received an Access for Regional Writers Grant. Can I apply again?

Yes, successful applicants are welcome to apply for another grant. However, priority is given to applicants who have not previously received the grant.

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