What is the 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.

RADF 2018-19 promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. RADF invests in local arts and cultural priorities, as determined by local communities, across Queensland.

From 2015, Councils have delivered 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. Charters Towers Regional Council has a RADF Committee. The RADF Committee consist of local artists and cultural workers, member of cultural groups, members of local organisations or associations, people active in their community, and is ratified as an advisory committee to Council.

For further information on RADF please contact your local council. For information on other Arts Queensland programs and opportunities please visit www.arts.qld.gov.au.



What are the RADF 2018-19 Objectives?

RADF 2018-19 objectives are to:

  • provide public value for Queensland communities
  • build local cultural capacity, cultural innovation and community pride
  • deliver Queensland Government’s objectives for the community

RADF 2018-19 Key Performance Outcomes (KPO):

All projects receiving RADF 2018-19 funding are required to report on their contribution towards RADF. The following are used to assess applications for funding:


  • Demonstrates public value through cultural, artistic, social or economic returns on investment
  • Supports one or more Queensland Government priorities, including encouraging safe and inclusive communities, building regions, supporting disadvantaged Queenslanders, stimulating economic growth and innovation, increasing workforce participation and conserving heritage. 


  • Produces or contributes to high quality arts and cultural initiatives for local communities
  • Proven capacity to effectively support and deliver arts and cultural services 


  • Provides access to and engagement in arts and culture for diverse communities, practitioners participants and audiences
  • Evidence of local demand for proposed program/s
  • Demonstrates community and stakeholder involvement in RADF decision making and evaluation 


  • Evidence of good planning for strong governance and management of RADF at a local level
  • Evidence of partnership capacity with partners including business and government

Who Can Apply for Funding

Individuals and organisations applying for RADF funding must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be 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
  • Be a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Incorporated cultural organisations or individuals
  • Unincorporated organisations or individuals, auspiced by an incorporated body

Local Priorities for 2018-19

Preference will be given to applications that address one or more of the following local priorities:

Community Celebrations

For Example:

  • Youth Music Festival
  • Outdoor Film Night
  • Christmas Celebration
  • Upcycling Fashion Parade and Market Day

Public Art

For Example:

  • Ephemeral Public Art Displays
  • Interactive Public Art
  • Digital Public Art


For Example:

  • Connecting arts and non-arts groups to create a diverse audience
  • Encourage flagship community events to incorporate an element to their event to engage their captive audience in the arts

Priority Target Groups for 2018-19

Preference will be given to applications that address one or more of the following priority target groups:

Regional Queenslanders

For Example:

  • Creating jobs and strengthening the economy
  • Offering new and exciting entertainment and interaction opportunities
  • Connecting regional communities and building capacity within those communities

Young People and Children

For Example:

  • Engaging youth in activities that connect them to the community they live in
  • Involving children and youth in the creation of artwork or performances for community celebrations
  • Delivering creative, skill developing programs targeting disengaged youth


For Example:

  • Create a variety of heritage focused cultural activities to encourage more visitors to come and stay longer stimulating economic growth
  • Create an interesting Cultural Tourism scene to engage the community and visitors in delivering diverse arts and culture activities


For Example:

  • Engaging men in activities that connect them to the community they live in
  • Using music to encourage men to be active
  • Offering men new and exciting entertainment and interaction opportunities
  • Involving men in the creation of artwork or performances for community celebrations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

For Example:

  • Offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artist workshops
  • Offering story-telling activities for young people in the community utilising traditional artworks
  • Involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members in the creation of artwork or
    performances for community celebrations

2018-19 RADF Funding Closing Dates

  • Round 1 closing date – 29 October 2018
  • Round 2 closing date – 25 February 2019
  • Round 3 closing date – 24 June 2019

The current Application Package can be downloaded here (pdf file), or download the Microsoft Word™ Version of the Application Form here.

For enquiries, contact Council's RADF Liaison Officer at mail@charterstowers.qld.gov.au.


Successful 2017-18 RADF Applications

Charters Towers Regional Council RADF Program has approved ten (10) applications for funding in 2017 - 2018, details of which can be viewed here.  The funded projects from the 2016-2017 funding year can be found here.  These projects may inspire future applications for community projects.  

If you have an idea for a project or would like support in completing a RADF application, contact Council’s RADF Liaison Officer, Kathy Thorley, on 07 4761 5300 or mail@charterstowers.qld.gov.au for assistance.