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Regional Arts Development Fund

Arts Queensland is proud to partner with local government to support quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions.  RADF invests in local arts and cultural priorities, as determined by local communities, across Queensland.

RADF is delivered in partnership with 59 Queensland local councils.

Objectives

RADF supports arts and cultural activities that:

  • provide public value for Queensland communities
  • build local cultural capacity, cultural innovation and community pride
  • deliver Queensland Government’s objectives for the community.

Case studies

Just us project

A street art project in Coen has strengthened relationships between the community and police, created a new artwork and increased community pride. Read more...

Good Vibrations

The Good Vibrations project at Endeavour Foundation Wallace Park Learning and Lifestyle developed creative skills of participants and staff, new relationships with community members and opportunities for artists. Read more...

The Rainbow Community Serpent

The public art installation of Bardo the Rainbow Community Serpent in Mount Morgan bought the local community together and increased understanding of the local Indigenous culture. Read more...

Atherton Children's Art Club

A local success story, since 2014 the Atherton Children’s Art Club has provided opportunities for children to develop and showcase their creative skills in a safe, informal learning environment, supported by a dedicated team of local art teachers, volunteer parents and committee members. Read more...

 

How councils can apply for RADF 2019-20

The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, provides RADF funding to councils. Councils also provide financial and in-kind support to RADF delivery as local projects, initiatives and grants programs.For more information or to apply for funding, please contact your local council.

RADF does not operate in the Brisbane City Council area or in Indigenous Council areas.

Applicants in the Brisbane City Council area are encouraged to apply through the Creative Sparks funding program, which is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Applicants in an Indigenous Council area are encouraged to apply through the Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund, which is a partnership program between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils, Communities and incorporated Community Organisations.

The following resources are available to assist councils:

•    Guidelines - PDF (588.24 KB) Word (180.88 KB)
•    Frequently Asked Questions - PDF (458.03 KB) Word (165.27 KB)
•    Tips for Councils - PDF (630.21 KB) Word (255.48 KB)
•    Funding Acknowledgement Kit - PDF (407.24 KB) Word (235.64 KB)
•    Important Information for Applicants

Assessment criteria

All applications are assessed by the RADF Assessment Panel against the below four equally weighted criteria. The indicators listed are a sample of the types of evidence needed to achieve each criterion:

Quality

  • Produces or contributes to high quality arts and cultural initiatives for local communities.
  • Proven capacity to effectively support and deliver arts and cultural services.

Reach

  • Provides access to and engagement in arts and culture for diverse communities, practitioners, participants and audiences.
  • Evidence of local demand for proposed program/s.
  • Demonstrates community and stakeholder involvement in RADF priority setting, decision making and evaluation.

Impact

  • Demonstrates cultural, artistic, social or economic returns on investment.
  • Supports one or more Queensland Government objectives for the community including encouraging safe and inclusive communities, building regions, supporting disadvantaged Queenslanders, stimulating economic growth and innovation, increasing workforce participation and conserving heritage.

Viability

  • Evidence of good planning for strong governance and management of RADF at a local level.
  • Evidence of partnership capacity with partners including business and government.