Regional Arts Development Fund

What is RADF?

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and eligible local councils across the state.

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 a flexible fund, enabling local councils to tailor RADF programs to suit the needs of their community.

How does RADF operate in my local community?

The Arts Development Officer is the RADF Liaison Officer for the program and manages it  in partnership with an RADF Community Committee, and receives support as required from the broader Community Development team.

A community funding pool is offered annually. This is delivered over three funding rounds and assessed by a committee of community volunteers – The RADF Community Committee.

RADF will only fund up to 65% of the total funding application unless otherwise specified.

Our funding submission for the 2017/2018 program is currently being assessed by Arts Queensland. You can expect an announcement of the outcome of this process sometime in September 2017.

There are usually six categories of funding available for individuals, groups, organisations and councils.

If successful the categories in the upcoming funding year will be:

  1. INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT (offered three times per year)
  2. PROJECTS & PROGRAMS (offered three times per year)
  3. COMMUNITY WELLBEING (offered three times per year)
  4. COMMUNITY RESILIENCE (offered with an allocated round as an identified need arises – In the 2017/2018 funding year this category will be offered for all three rounds to support recovery processes post Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie)
  6. GREEN ARTS (This category will be offered at least ONCE per year)

RADF Guidelines and a series of fact sheets will be available for the upcoming program once funding agreements have been confirmed. (This is expected to occur in September 2017).

RADF Guidelines are based on locally determined priorities identified through our Arts and Cultural Plan 2016-2020.

The 2017 – 2018 Funding rounds will be announced in September 2017.

Completing your application

The RADF Liaison Officers prepare guidelines and information sheets to help applicants determine if they are eligible to apply for funding and answer any questions they may have.

All applications are submitted online via Smarty Grants.

Once Rounds are OPEN you will be able to access available Regional Arts Development Fund Rounds at:

There are help guides for applicants available to assist you through the online application process and the Arts Development Officer will also be offering grant writing days to people prior to each round closing.

It is advised to contact the RADF Liaison Officer for advice and/or feedback prior to submitting your application form.

For more information speak with the Arts Development Officer by calling 1300 MACKAY.