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Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

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

Round One has now closes, however Round Two for 15/16 will open on Monday, 22 February 2016, closing Friday, 18 March 2016.  Documents and application forms can be download here and further information about the RADF Program can be found below.  

Please contact the RADF Liaison Officer to discuss your application and for further information about the RADF Program on 4741 2900 or email cdo@flinders.qld.gov.au .  


What is RADF?

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

RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers to: support diversity and inclusivity; grow strong regions; and provide training, education and employment opportunities for Queensland artists and local communities.  

From 2015, Councils will deliver locally tailored RADF programs based on the identified priorities, opportunities and capacities of their local communities. This means that RADF may look different place to place as to best respond to the ways of working and aspirations of local communities.

It is expected RADF will:
•    Grow local returns on arts and culture investments by being more flexible and focused on locally–determined outcomes and new ways of working
•    Encourage transparency and local decision–making in Government by supporting outcomes identified in local council plans developed in consultation with communities
•    Foster collaboration within communities and encourage new partnerships with private and others sectors to deliver improved outcomes

For information on other Arts Queensland programs and opportunities please visit www.arts.qld.gov.au.

Flinders Shire Locally Determined Priorities 

1.    To promote and support the development of art and culture within the Shire.  
2.    To provide public space, to encourage and develop art and culture.  
3.    To effectively communicate the existence of creative talents, artistry and cultural activities to both visitors (contribution to tourism) and residents (to encourage a better understanding of arts and culture).  
4.    To ensure that a diversity of arts and cultural activities are available to the whole community.  
5.    To recognise, appreciate and promote heritage value of the Shire & Region.  
6.    To recognise, appreciate, support and encourage the volunteers who play a major role within the community.  

What are the RADF 2015-16 objectives?

RADF 2015-16 objectives are to:
1.    support local artists and arts and cultural activity to deliver value for local communities
2.    provide opportunities for local communities to participate in arts and cultural activities
3.    invest in locally-determined priorities delivered through arts and cultural activity
4.    contribute towards current government priorities

RADF principles:

Empower local councils to determine priorities and outcomes through arts and cultural activity to meet the aspirations and needs of their local community 

Ensure local communities in all areas of Queensland have access to arts and cultural initiatives, programs and opportunities that are locally relevant
Focus on investing in arts and cultural outcomes which will have the highest value to local communities across Queensland

Respond to the diversity of communities, councils, arts and cultural activity and practices across Queensland and support flexible delivery models RADF recognises local governments as key partners and co-investors in local arts and culture, and therefore is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, and eligible local councils across the state.

RADF 2015-16 Key Performance Outcomes (KPOs)

All Councils and local RADF funded projects are required to report on their contribution towards RADF 2015-16 Key Performance Outcomes (KPOs):

•    RADF invests in a diversity of local arts and cultural projects
•    RADF engages local communities in arts and cultural activities
•    RADF supports local employment and strengthening of local arts sector

•    RADF supports quality arts and cultural initiatives based on local priorities
•    Local communities value RADF

•    Local people are engaged in decision making on RADF
•    RADF supports engagement with new and diverse artists, audiences and communities
•    RADF contributes to: diversity and inclusive communities; growing strong regions; and providing training, education and employment

•    Local communities and partners are satisfied with the management of RADF at a local level
•    RADF builds strong partnerships between arts and non-arts sectors
•    RADF leverages additional investment
•    RADF funding is used effectively and appropriately

RADF Categories 

1. Developing regional skills 

2. Building community cultural capacity 

3. Interest-free arts loan  

4. Cultural tourism 

5. Contemporary collections/stories  

6. Regional partnerships 

7. Concept development 

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How does the RADF Program operate in my community

The Community Services team will continue to manage the local program in partnership with Flinders Shire Council Arts Advisory Group.  

A funding pool will be offered annually, comprising of two funding rounds and assessed by the Arts Advisory Group.  

If the Arts Advisory Group approves an RADF application, a Letter of Offer will be provided to the successful applicant / s outlining the Funding Agreement, Conditions of Offer, grant amounts and any special conditions or recommendations made by the Flinders Shire Council Arts Advisory Group.  

The Funding Agreement will be constituted by the following documents: 
•    Original application to Council 
•    The Letter of Offer
•    Applicants Letter of Acceptance

The Funding Agreement will commence on the date of receipt of your Letter of Acceptance by Council.  Applicants will also be required to provide a Tax Invoice for the approved grant amount (GST Free).  Conditions of Offer will include: 

  • Approval must be obtained from the Flinders Shire Council Arts Advisory Group (in writing) for any changes to the applicant’s project.  Changes can only occur once written approval has been granted by the group.  
  • The recipient will use the grant solely for the purpose agreed by the Flinders Shire Council Arts Advisory Group.  
  • The recipient adheres to abide by RADF Acknowledgement Guidelines for RADF Grant Recipients (included in Letter of Offer pack) 
  • The recipient is required to submit an Outcome Report no more than eight (8) weeks after the conclusion of the project.  
  • The Letter of Offer shall be void unless executed by the grant recipient and returned with the required documentation to Flinders Shire Council within 30 days of the date of this letter.  
  • Any extra conditions or recommendations must be considered and adhered to.  
  • Failure to comply with the conditions of funding will result in the grant recipient being ineligible for further grants through RADF and the Flinders Shire Council.  

Multiple applications can be accepted from groups, organisations and individuals per funding round (called two (2) times per year) however the level of assistance is limited by the total RADF Budget and Community Rounds allocations.  No applicant is guaranteed funding nor can any applicant be guaranteed to receive the full amount requested.  

In most instances assistance is available for up to 65% of the total costs of a project, only up to 10% of printing, framing and freight costs will be considered and administration and catering costs are ineligible, however there is an Interest Free Loan category were assistance is available to 100% of the total costs and the total amount of the loan must be paid back at the conclusion of the activity.   

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The RADF Liaison Officer is a Council officer who is your main contact for the RADF Program.  They liaise with officers at Arts Queensland to ensure appropriate management of the RADF Program and Arts Advisory Group.  

It is strongly advised that applicants contact the RADF Liaison Officer to discuss their project prior to submitting the application.  The RADF Liaison Officer can provide vital information and resources and, if necessary, can either meet with you to discuss your project idea and assist with your application or arrange for you to meet with a Arts Advisory Group member.  

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What is the Flinders Shire Council Arts Advisory Group? 

The key roles of the Arts Advisory Group would be to:

  • Assess RADF Applications against criteria and provides recommendations whether it is funded or not.
  • Develops and advises Council on policy, strategy and annual priorities relating to the arts.
  • Develops community involvement and networks and promote participation in the arts.
  • Acts as a body for marketing, fostering understanding and appreciation of the positive role that the arts have in supporting the development of cultural opportunities.
  • Is a structure through which views and interests of the Flinders Shire community can be articulated for the attention of Council and its staff. 
  • Creates and facilitates specific issues sub-committees deemed appropriate by Council. 
  • Provide advice to Council on issues related to the proposed Arts and Cultural Centre.

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Funding Rounds

2015 - 2016 Funding Rounds 

Community Allocation - Round One 15/16 - Now closed, applicants to be advised shorty.
Opening: Monday, 19 October 2015
Closing: Friday, 13 November 2015

Community Allocation - Round Two 15/16 
Opening: Monday, 22 February 2016
Closing: Friday, 18 March 2016

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between Flinders Shire Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland to support local arts and culture. The successful and long-running RADF program gives communities the flexibility to shape their own arts and cultural priorities

Contact Erin Kinchela, RADF Liaison Officer, at the Flinders Shire Council for further information.

Please ring to make an appointment to discuss your project and receive help with your application.

 PH (07) 4741 2900 or email cdo@flinders.qld.gov.au.

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RADF Forms and Guidelines