Regional Arts Development Fund

How will RADF operate in my local community?

The Arts Development Officers will continue to manage the local program in partnership with an RADF Community Committee, and will receive support as required from the broader Community Development team.

A funding pool will continue to be offered annually. This will be 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: individual development, projects and programs, community wellbeing, local priorities and strategic initiatives, concept development and green arts.

Terms of reference for the RADF Community Committee is available on request

If you would like to read the RADF guidelines please click the link.

We have also developed a series of fact sheets to assist you with your application:

Funding rounds 2016-2017

Round 1

CLOSES Wednesday, September 14, 2016
For projects commencing after Wednesday 19 October 2016
Round 2 CLOSES Wednesday, February 8, 2017
For projects commencing after Wednesday 15 March 2017
Round 3 CLOSES Wednesday, May 17, 2017
For projects commencing after Wednesday 21 June 2017

Completing your application

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

Please note:

The application process has changed.

After 1 July 2016 all applications are to be submitted online via Smarty Grants.

You will be able to access available Regional Arts Development Fund Rounds at:

There are help guides for applicants available to assist you through this new process and the Arts Development Officers will also be offering support and advice to people during this transition.

It is advised to contact the RADF Liaison Officers for advice and/or feedback prior to submitting your application form. To make an appointment or to speak with an Arts Development Officer please call 1300 MACKAY.