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Regional Arts Development Fund

Arts Queensland is proud to partner with local government to support quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

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.

Our RADF grant program is overseen by the Central Highlands Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (CHACAC) who hold meetings biannually. Visit the CHACAC page to learn more about the committee.

  • Check your eligibility

    The following categories of individuals and organisations can apply for a RADF grant.

    • Individual professional artists, emerging professional artists, arts workers, cultural workers or project coordinators who are:
      • Based in the Central Highlands local government area. If based outside the area, they must demonstrate how the project will benefit arts and culture in our region.
      • Permanent residents or Australian citizens who have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or are sponsored by an incorporated organisation or individual with an ABN.
    • Incorporated arts and cultural organisations based in the Central Highlands local government area. If based outside the region, they must demonstrate how the project will benefit arts and culture in our region.
    • Unincorporated organisations sponsored by an incorporated body, based in the Central Highlands local government area. If based outside the region, they must demonstration how the project will benefit arts and culture in our region.
  • Choose a funding category

    You can apply for funding under the following categories:

    • Community consultation, arts strategy and policy development.
    • Skills development workshops .
    • Artist/s participating in professional or career development activity.
    • Cultural tourism.
    • Creative development of new work (concept development).
    • Events and festivals.
    • Exhibitions and collections.
    • Performances.
    • Placemaking.
    • Conferences and training sessions delivered for artists and cultural workers.
  • Read the guidelines and download application form

    Before starting your application, please read our RADF Guidelines.

    To apply, complete an Individual RADF Application Form OR Group RADF Application Form

    • Ensure there is a completed RADF Eligibility Checklist for each professional or emerging professional artist to be employed through a RADF grant. This is attached to the grant application form.

    Submit your completed application form and all required support materials to council by the due date for the current funding round (outlined in the table above).

    Once applications close, CHACAC will access the applications and notify each applicant of the outcome.

  • Completing your outcome reports

    RADF outcome reports show accountability for grants money usage. All recipients are required to submit an outcome report no later than eight weeks after the conclusion of the activity.

    Download the report templates below:

The following categories of individuals and organisations can apply for a RADF grant.

  • Individual professional artists, emerging professional artists, arts workers, cultural workers or project coordinators who are:
    • Based in the Central Highlands local government area. If based outside the area, they must demonstrate how the project will benefit arts and culture in our region.
    • Permanent residents or Australian citizens who have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or are sponsored by an incorporated organisation or individual with an ABN.
  • Incorporated arts and cultural organisations based in the Central Highlands local government area. If based outside the region, they must demonstrate how the project will benefit arts and culture in our region.
  • Unincorporated organisations sponsored by an incorporated body, based in the Central Highlands local government area. If based outside the region, they must demonstration how the project will benefit arts and culture in our region.

You can apply for funding under the following categories:

  • Community consultation, arts strategy and policy development.
  • Skills development workshops .
  • Artist/s participating in professional or career development activity.
  • Cultural tourism.
  • Creative development of new work (concept development).
  • Events and festivals.
  • Exhibitions and collections.
  • Performances.
  • Placemaking.
  • Conferences and training sessions delivered for artists and cultural workers.

Before starting your application, please read our RADF Guidelines.

To apply, complete an Individual RADF Application Form OR Group RADF Application Form

  • Ensure there is a completed RADF Eligibility Checklist for each professional or emerging professional artist to be employed through a RADF grant. This is attached to the grant application form.

Submit your completed application form and all required support materials to council by the due date for the current funding round (outlined in the table above).

Once applications close, CHACAC will access the applications and notify each applicant of the outcome.

RADF outcome reports show accountability for grants money usage. All recipients are required to submit an outcome report no later than eight weeks after the conclusion of the activity.

Download the report templates below:

Frequently asked questions

  • Who makes the funding decisions?

    Our RADF grant program is overseen by the Central Highlands Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (CHACAC) who hold meetings biannually. This committee consists of volunteers familiar with the diverse arts, culture and geography of our region.

    More information and list of current members is available on the CHACAC page.

    If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please contact our Arts and Culture Officer Karen Newman on 1300 242 686 and complete the Committee Candidate Nomination Form.

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