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

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

There are 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

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

Community Funding Rounds for 2018/2019

Successful applications list

Successful applications list

Successful applicants list

Community Funding Rounds for 2019/2020

Closed Wednesday, September 11

Closes Wednesday, December 11 for projects commencing after Monday, January 27, 2020.
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Guidelines are available to assist you to access the RADF Program, you can 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.

When Rounds are OPEN you will be able to access them via:

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

2019 RADF Showcase