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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 2018-19 is delivered in partnership with 58 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

Jumpers and Jazz in July festival 2017

Since 2004, Warwick’s annual Jazz & Jumpers in July festival has engaged the local community and attracted increasing numbers of tourists to the region. The 2017 festival was the largest yet. Read more...

Dogwood Crossing Public Program

The Dogwood Crossing Exhibition Program is engaging children and adults in textile,mosaic and potttery workshops. Read more...

Calloused Hearts Short Film

Investment through Maranoa Regional Development Arts Fund, supported the professional colour grading and promotion of the award-winning short film Calloused Hearts. Read more...

Welcome to Townsville, Cinderella

The construction of The Cinderella Dress from recycled materials at a community workshop has inspired a new event in Townsville, increased awareness of wearable art and led to opportunities for the artists. Read more...

Forsayth by Night

A new social history tourism opportunity in Forsayth is providing benefits to the community. Read more...

Kuranda Youth Arts Engagement Program

Participation in the Kuranda Youth Arts Engagement Program during the school holidays provided opportunities for young people to engage in safe group activities and develop their skills. 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.