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Regional Arts Development Fund

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership program between state and local governments that invests in quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland based on locally determined priorities.

Closure dates for upcoming funding rounds are as follows:

  • Round 3 (16/17 financial year): Closed
  • Round 4 (16/17 financial year): 26 May 2017
  • Round 1 (17/18 financial year): 25 August 2017
  • Round 2 (17/18 financial year): 10 November 201

  • What does RADF support?

    The program supports locally determined professional arts, cultural and heritage development opportunities by providing one-off, short term, project-based financial assistance to groups and individuals.

  • Who can apply?

    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.
  • What are the categories?

    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.
  • Guidelines and application form

    Read the CHRC RADF Guidelines and the Project Outcome Report templates carefully (Public Application Template or the Professional/Career Development Opportunities Template).

    1. Find out when the next RADF closing date is and contact council’s Arts and Cultural Officer to discuss your application.
    2. Complete a RADF CHRC application form
    3. 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.
    4. Submit the RADF Application Form and all required support materials to council by the due date.

    Council will notify you whether or not the application was successful.

  • Outcome reports

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

    Project Outcome Report – Public Application Template

    Project Outcome Report – Professional/Career Development Opportunities Template

    Fact Sheet – How to complete a RADF budget

  • Committee

    Our RADF decisions are now incorporated into the Central Highlands Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee. This committee consists of volunteers familiar with the diverse arts, culture and geography of our region.

    The primary responsibilities of the committee are to:

    • Attend and participate in meetings.
    • Assess funding and outcome reports.
    • Ensure that  funding  allocated  aligns  with  established  principles,  eligibility  criteria,  and  priorities  of our cultural plans and policies.
    • Participate in the RADF bidding and reporting cycles.
    • Participate in RADF committee training.
    • Assist with strategic planning for arts and cultural services in the region.

    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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