The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) supports the professional development and employment of arts and cultural workers in regional Queensland. RADF is a partnership between State Government, through Arts Queensland, and your local Council.
Councils present bids for funding to Arts Queensland by 31 March each year for the following financial year. Bids are assessed by Local Government representatives.
Arts Queensland and the assessment team value evidence of community support, innovation and diversity of activities, sound planning, strength of earlier Annual Reports and relevance to the Council's Arts and Cultural Policy when assessing bids.
Recommendations are made to the Minister for the Arts. Once ratified by the Minister, Arts Queensland and Councils sign a legal agreement and funding is released to the Councils.
How does RADF work?
Your local Council bids for an annual allocation of funding for the region from Arts Queensland. This allocation is managed by your local Council through a locally run RADF grants program. Local artists and cultural workers can apply to RADF under the categories of:
- Developing regional skills
- Building community cultural capacity
- Interest-free arts loan
- Cultural tourism
- Contemporary collections/stories
- Regional partnerships
- Concept development
- Arts policy development and implementation
Applications are assessed by a committee against criteria based on RADF Program guidelines and priorities identified by Council.
How to apply?
Applications for RADF grants should be made through your local Council. Contact your Council's RADF Liaison Officer for copies of the RADF grant application kit, information regarding guidelines, funding criteria and closing dates.