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RADF applications close soon

The third and final round of Charters Towers Regional Council’s RADF funding for 2016-17 will close on 26 June 2017.

Council is encouraging community groups and individuals to submit applications that show clear evidence of the ability to produce positive outcomes involving innovative art forms.

Applicants who aim to create valued return on investment through creating partnerships will be favourably considered by the RADF assessment committee. This round will fund activities commencing between July 2017 and October 2017.

Council envisages that it will receive applications for fresh and alternative projects, activities or events that will incorporate new and exciting art forms. Upcycling art, digital art, 3D chalk street art and resin art are some of the stimulating art forms that could be offered to the community.

Applications need to demonstrate the potential to produce encouraging outcomes including: accessible arts and culture activities for locals and visitors, spreading the word about this heritage-rich region, building the region and encouraging inclusivity. Activities should contribute to creating partnerships in the community especially between arts and non-arts groups.

RADF committee chair Councillorr Graham Lohmann said Council’s support of the RADF program is continuing.

“Charters Towers Regional Council encourages applications for funding that reflect the diversity of our community and its lifestyles,” Cr Lohmann said.

“Council’s selection committee made up of community representatives from the city and the regional communities want to expand the arts footprint throughout all of the community, not just the traditional arts sectors.”

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) delivered on the Queensland Government’s commitment to foster diverse and inclusive communities, grow strong regions and provide training, education, and employment opportunities for Queenslanders.

“The Queensland Government is contributing $2.08 million to leverage up to $1.92 million from local councils resulting in up to $4 million available to support arts and cultural activities throughout the state in 2016–17,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

“This funding promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of inclusive communities and strong regions and ensures Queenslanders can engage with arts locally.

“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members.”

For more information on RADF, including the Funding Application Package, visit Council’s website at www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au.

MG 19 May 2017

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