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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 2017-18 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 2017-18 Objectives?

RADF 2017-18 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 2017-18 Key Performance Outcomes (KPO):

All projects receiving RADF 2017-18 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 2017-18

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

  • Visual Art
    • Sculpture
    • Street Art
    • Painting
  • Public Art
    • Ephemeral Public Art Displays
    • Interactive Public Art
    • Digital Public Art
  • Music
    • Live Music
    • Song Writing
    • Performance Technique Workshops
  • Partnerships: 
    • 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 2017-18

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

Non-arts Groups: 

  • Partnering with non-arts groups to value add to the project
  • Involving non-arts groups to diversify the audience or participants involved in the project
  • Exposing non-arts audiences to arts based activities

Regional Queenslanders: 

  • 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: 

  • Engaging youth in activities that connect them to the community they live in
  • Offering new and exciting entertainment and interaction opportunities
  • Delivering creative, skill developing programs targeting disengaged youth

2017-18 RADF Funding Closing Dates

  • Round 1 closing date – 20 November 2017
  • Round 2 closing date – 5 March 2018
  • Round 3 closing date – 25 June 2018

Successful 2017-18 RADF Applications


Charters Towers Regional Council RADF Program has approved three (3) applications for funding in Round 1 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.