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, receiving 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.

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

The categories for our 2017/2018 funding year are:

  1. Individual development (offered three times per year)
  2. Projects and programs (offered three times per year)
  3. Community well-being (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)
  5. Concept development
  6. Green arts (This category will be offered at least ONCE per year)

RADF Guidelines and a series of fact sheets are available to assist you to access the RADF Program. You can download them here:

2017/2018 RADF Guidelines
RADF Acknowledgment requirements 2017/2018
RADF Factsheet: Local priorities
RADF Factsheet: Frequently asked questions
RADF Factsheet: Who is your RADF Liason Officer?
RADF Factsheet: Who is your RADF community committee?

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

The 2017 – 2018 Funding rounds are:

> Round one: CLOSED
Successful applicants will be announced after Wednesday 15 November 2017.

> Round two: OPENS Monday 20 November 2017
CLOSES Wednesday 7 February 2018 (for projects commencing after Friday 23 March 2018)  
Successful applicants will be announced after Wednesday 21 March 2018.

> Round three: OPENS Monday 26 March 2018
CLOSES Wednesday 9 May 2018 (for projects commencing after Friday 22 June 2018)
Successful applicants will be announced after Wednesday 20 June 2018.

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: https://mackay.smartygrants.com.au

There are help guides for applicants available to assist you through the online application process and the Arts Development Officer will be offering applicant support days 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.

Round two and round three applicant support day will be offered:

> Mirani:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 1pm – 4pm
Mirani Board Room, Council Administration Centre

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 10am – 4pm
Mirani Board Room, Council Administration Centre

> Sarina: 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 10am – 3pm
Meeting Room, Sarina Neighbourhood Centre

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 10am – 3pm
Meeting Room, Sarina Neighbourhood Centre

> Mackay:  

Thursday, January 18 and February 1, 2018, 10am – 3pm and 4pm – 7pm
Jubilee Community Centre, Mackay Civic Precinct - Mirani Room

Thursday, April 5 and Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 10am – 3pm and 4pm – 7pm
Jubilee Community Centre, Mackay Civic Precinct - Mirani Room

> Morning drop in sessions,10am – 12.30pm (Please note there is no drop in session in Mirani for Round 2)
Work on your online application in the space and ask questions (Bring your own laptop)

Afternoon booked appointments (30 minute time slots)

  • 1pm to 4pm - Mirani
  • 1pm to 3pm - Sarina and Mackay
  • 4pm to 7pm - Mackay only