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 2018/2019 RADF Program is due to be announced in September 2018.

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 usually offered annually over three rounds in October, February and May. Each Round applications are assessed by a committee of community volunteers – The RADF Community Committee.

RADF will only fund up to 65% of the total expenditure in any one application unless otherwise specified.

There are usually six categories of funding available for individuals, groups, organisations and council:

  • Individual development
  • Projects and programs
  • Community well-being
  • Community resilience)
  • Concept development
  • Green arts

The 2018/2019 RADF Program Guidelines are now available for you to download.  All other updated information will be made available shortly.

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

Community Funding Rounds for 2018/2019

This round closes Wednesday October 3, 2018 for projects commencing after Monday November 19 2018.

Opens Monday, 26 November, 2018
This round closes Wednesday February 13, 2019 for projects commencing after Monday April 1, 2019.

Opens Monday, April 1, 2019
This round closes Wednesday, May 1, 2019 for projects commencing after Monday, June 17, 2019.

Once our 2018/2019 RADF Program has been announced a series of fact sheets will be available to assist you to access the RADF Program, and you will be able to download them here:

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 be offering applicant support days prior to each round closing.

Applicants are encouraged 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.

Previous successful applicants