Regional Arts Development Fund

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What is the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)?

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Charters Towers Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

RADF 2019-20 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 consists of local artists and cultural workers, members of cultural groups, members of local organisations or associations, people active in their community, and is ratified as an advisory committee to Council.

Council is currently seeking nominations from interested individuals to fill vacancies on the Committee - click the following link to obtain information and complete the Nomination Package. Nominations close Monday 3 February 2020.

For further information on RADF please contact your local council. For information on other Arts Queensland programs and opportunities please visit

What are the RADF 2019-20 Objectives?

RADF 2019-20 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 2019-20 Key Performance Outcomes (KPO):

All projects receiving RADF 2019-20 funding are required to report on their contribution towards RADF. The following are used to assess applications for funding:


  • 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 


  • 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. 


  • 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 2019-20

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

  • Tourism
  • Young People
  • Our History
  • Vibrant Townships
  • Partnerships

Priority Target Groups for 2019-20

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

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People
  • Young People and Children
  • Regional Queenslanders
  • People with a disability
  • Tourists
  • Seniors
  • Men

2019-20 RADF Funding Closing Dates

  • Round 1 closing date – 14 October 2019
  • Round 2 closing date –  3 February 2020

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

Successful 2018-19 RADF Applications

Charters Towers Regional Council RADF Program approved 14 applications for funding in 2018-19, details of which can be viewed here.  The funded projects from the 2017-18 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 for assistance.