Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

What is the Regional Arts Development Fund?

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 2015-16 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.

What are the RADF 2015-16 objectives?

RADF 2015-16 objectives are to:

support local artists and arts and cultural activity to deliver value for local communities
provide opportunities for local communities to participate in arts and cultural activities
invest in locally-determined priorities delivered through arts and cultural activity
contribute towards current government priorities

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 2015-16 is delivered in partnership with 59 local councils in Queensland. The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, provides RADF Funding to councils and councils also invest funding and contribute in-kind support to RADF delivery.

What Kind of Projects are Eligible for a RADF Grant?

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. Activities and projects must align with one of the set funding categories.

For full eligibility details and information about what activities RADF does NOT support please read the Regional Arts Development Fund Guidelines. 

Who Can Apply For a RADF Grant?

Individuals can apply for RADF grants to assist with their professional development as artists, arts workers, cultural workers or project coordinators.

Individuals, groups and organisations can apply for RADF grants to facilitate arts and cultural projects and events within the community.

For more information please contact Council on Ph: (07) 4745 2200 or by email at

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