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 over three rounds. In October (CLOSED), December (OPEN) and May (TBC). 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 seven categories of funding available for individuals, groups, organisations and council:

  • Professional development
  • Projects and programs
  • Community well-being
  • Community resilience
  • Concept development
  • Green arts
  • Platform

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

Community Funding Rounds for 2019/2020

Closed Wednesday, September 11
Successful applicants 

Closes Wednesday, December 11 for projects commencing after Monday, January 27, 2020.
Apply online.

Date to be confirmed (expected to be offered in May 2020)

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.

RADF Committee

RADF applications are assessed by a committee made up of representation from local community members and chaired by a representative from Local Council.  The committee represents diversity in arts practice, expertise and locality.

The Committee meets three times per year to assess RADF applications but part of you role on the RADF Assessment Committee may mean you represent RADF at events in the community from time to time. We also offer RADF recipients to be linked with an RADF Committee member to provide some peer support for the duration of the RADF funded project or program.

Committee members may serve on the RADF Committee for a maximum of four years, with an option to step down after two years.

If you would like more information about the RADF Committee please contact Arts Development Officers Lara or Fiona on 4961 9554.

We are currently calling for applications for new RADF Committee Members.  If you would like to apply to be on the RADF Assessment Committee please read the RADF Committee Nomination Form followed by completing your application online here.

Previous successful applicants