RADF Information RADF Information

What is RADF?


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The Regional Arts Development Fund is a QLD Government through Arts QLD and Flinders Shire Council partnership to support local arts and culture.

The RADF Program, established in 1991, is a highly successful state and local government partnership that supports professional artists and arts practitioners living in regional Queensland. The Program focuses on the development of quality art and arts practice for, and with, regional communities.

The RADF Program’s key stakeholders are the Queensland Government Department of Education, Training and the Arts, through Arts Queensland and the local councils that participate in the program. These stakeholders support arts and cultural development, RADF committees, regional and remote communities and their arts and cultural workers. 



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Who Makes Up RADF?Who Makes Up RADF?


This is a partnership between Arts Queensland and Local Government. It is important to ensure RADF grants are used in the best possible way to support professional arts outcomes and development in regional Queensland, by following six overarching RADF Principles.

Six RADF Principles:

1. Supporting professional artists and artsworkers

‚ÄčState Government, through Arts Queensland, has a priority to support professional artists and arts workers, including those working in a cultural development context and living in regional communities, to practise originality and innovation in the development of quality arts activities and initiatives.

2. Supporting locally determined arts and cultural priorities

Local government partners with Arts Queensland through RADF to support locally determined arts and cultural priorities, as stated in local councils’ corporate plans, as well as in local arts and cultural policies. Councils can determine priorities for RADF grants from these plans and policies and support the professional arts components.

3. Supporting regional arts development in Queensland

Partnerships across the tiers of government, between arts and non-arts practitioners and organisations, and across local council boundaries are essential to regional arts development in Queensland.

4. Supporting cultural activities not supported by other state government agencies

State Government recognises the value and importance of cultural activities and supports them through a range of government agencies, such as the Community Benefit Fund, Education, Sport and Recreation, Communities, Local Government and Planning and Queensland Events. RADF will not support cultural activities that are the responsibility of other state government agencies, including Arts Queensland. However, RADF can be used to complement other agencies’ funding programs where the project is eligible and additional funds, or other forms of support, will enable the initiative to reach its full potential.

5. Supporting the participation of community members in arts development projects run by professional artists and artsworkers

Non-professional arts and cultural activities are important to community life. Many local councils support non-professional activities through their own local community grants programs. RADF will support professional artists, artsworkers and cultural development practitioners to run developmental projects or activities for community groups who enjoy participating in the arts, but who are not practising professional artists.

6. Supporting complementary federal arts funding

Federal Government supports a range of regional arts and cultural activities. RADF grants can be used to complement federal funding programs through the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Communications, Information, Technology and the Arts.

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How Does RADF Operate?How Does RADF Operate?


Arts Queensland manages the RADF Program by means of an annual budget for allocations to individual councils and infrastructure support for local councils in their administration of the Program.

Each council has a nominated RADF Liaison Officer and a RADF Committee that is culturally and geographically representative of the community.

Councils bid annually to Arts Queensland for an allocation of funds. The RADF Liaison Officer and the RADF Committee prepare a funding bid to Arts Queensland based on their consultation with the community.

This annual bid is ratified by council.

Arts Queensland invites four local RADF Liaison Officers from across the state to assess the RADF bids submitted by councils.

When assessing bids, the local council representatives consider the competitive strength of the bid in the following areas:

  • consultation with the community
  • community support
  • innovation and diversity of arts activities
  • sound planning
  • strength of previous annual reports
  • relevance to Council’s corporate plan and local cultural policies
  • promotion of RADF

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Eight Funding CategoriesEight Funding Categories


The six overarching RADF Principles listed determine the eligibility of applicants for all categories of funding as well as each category having its own more specific criteria.

There are eight categories of funding available for individuals, groups or local councils:

1. Developing regional skills

Objective — for individual professional artists and artsworkers living in regional Queensland to attend professional development seminars or activities; master classes; mentorships with recognised arts and cultural peers; and placements with recognised arts and cultural organisations.

  • RADF grants will support intrastate and interstate activities only.
  • Arts Queensland’s Career Development grants support international activities, including overseas travel.
  • Assistance is available for up to 65 per cent of the total costs for registration, accommodation and travel to a maximum of $1,000 for activities in Queensland and $2,000 for activities in other states.


Councils may also support Quick-Response Grants under this category for:

  • opportunities for professional development that unexpectedly become available out of the normal local RADF rounds
  • applications usually up to six weeks before the event/activity.


2. Building community cultural capacity

Objective — for community groups to engage a professional artist or artsworker to work with them on developing their arts practice or to run arts development workshops or community projects.

  • RADF grants will support travel, accommodation and fees associated with employing professional artists or artsworkers to work on community projects or workshops in the local community.
  • Assistance is available for up to 65 per cent of the total costs of the project or workshop.
  • This category is also open to councils that wish to assume a co-ordination role for projects.


3. Interest-free arts loan

Objective — for arts activities that will generate an income greater than the amount of the loan, and where no other funding source is available.

  •  ADF Interest-Free Arts Loans will support activities that can demonstrate a prior commitment from a distributor or producer, e.g. a publisher, gallery, record company or venue that can confirm and substantiate revenue forecasts.
  • The total amount of the loan must be paid back at the conclusion of the activity.


4. Cultural tourism

Objective — for projects and activities that focus on communities’ locally distinct arts, culture and heritage both for members of that community and for visitors.

RADF grants can support initiatives and activities that focus on:

  • product development by professional artists, either as individuals, or in partnership with individual community members or community groups
  • marketing of professional artistic product.


5. Contemporary collections/stories

Objective — to preserve and provide access to locally held collections of significance, and collect and tell local stories from the past and the present that can demonstrate state and/or local significance. The priorities for this category are proposals for post-1960 heritage and Indigenous stories that can demonstrate strong community participation and ownership.

RADF grants can support:

  • development of a Statement of Significance
  • documentation, preservation, interpretation of projects (applicants must provide a Statement of Significance with their applications)
  • collection management training through community-based workshops (applicants must provide a Statement of Significance with their applications)  
  • community stories, which can be documented in a variety of forms and mediums, including: plays, videos, artwork, digital exhibitions, education programs, oral histories and publications. This is open to community organisations and individuals and does not need a Statement of Significance.


6. Regional partnerships

Objective — to encourage innovative and energising arts projects where artists, communities and councils work together in their community, or in partnership with another community, to achieve enhanced outcomes from RADF grants.

RADF grants will support projects that can demonstrate a partnership between:

  • artists and local industry
  • artists and community arts organisations
  • artists and non-arts community organisations
  • cross-council collaborations

This category is also open to councils. 


7. Concept development

Objective — to develop arts research ideas and project proposals to the implementation stage and identify funding sources outside of RADF to implement project proposals.

RADF grants will support individuals and groups who wish to engage in professional research and the development of ideas and project proposals to the implementation stage.  No specific artform product is required. However, the project should demonstrate how it will contribute to future arts development.

Potential funding sources for the implementation of the project do not need to be identified prior to making the application.

This category is also open to councils.


8. Arts policy development and implementation

Objective — to support councils to:

  • develop cultural policy, cultural mapping, visioning and planning proposals
  • partner on regional cultural policy co-ordination activities
  • cross-regional cultural planning
  • development of cultural tourism plans
  • community consultation, facilitation and preparation of the documents (but not publishing)
  • RADF Committee training

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Funding RoundsFunding Rounds


Apply now for RADF grants

Flinders Shire Council is now calling for RADF applications for:

Round 1 - closing at 5.00pm on Tuesday 28 April 2015

Assessment meeting – Monday 04 May 2015


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


Please find Forms and Guidelines below (next section).


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Eligibility RequirementsEligibility Requirements


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

  • Individual professional/emerging professional artists, artsworkers, cultural workers or project coordinators who:
    • are based in the local council area, or if based outside the local council area are able to demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the local council area
    • are permanent residents or Australian citizens
    • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Incorporated cultural organisations based in the local council area, or those based outside the local council area that are able to demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the local council area.
  • Unincorporated organisations, auspiced by an incorporated body, that are based in the local council area, or those based outside the local council area that are able to demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the local council area.


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