Regional Arts Development Fund

What is the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)?RADF Round 2 Extended 2021-2022

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 2020-2021 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.

For further information on RADF please contact Council. For information on other Arts Queensland programs and opportunities please visit

What are the RADF 2020-2021 Objectives?

RADF 2020-2021 objectives are to:

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

RADF 2020-2021 Key Performance Outcomes (KPO):

All projects receiving RADF 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 cultural, artistic, social or economic returns on investment
  • Supports one or more Queensland Government objectives for the community including encouraging safe and inclusive communities, building regions, supporting disadvantaged Queenslanders, stimulating economic growth and innovation, increasing workforce participation and engaging children and young Queenslanders 


  • 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 2020-2021

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

  • Events and Festivals
  • Our History and Heritage
  • Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Vibrant and Inclusive Communities
  • Animating Public Spaces and Places

Priority Target Groups for 2020-2021

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

  • Seniors
  • Tourists
  • People with Disabilities
  • Regional Queenslanders
  • Children and Young People
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People

2020-2021 RADF Funding Closing Dates

  • Round 1 closing date – Monday 16 November 2020
  • Round 2 closing date – Friday 16 April 2021 CLOSING DATE EXTENDED

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 2020-2021 RADF Applications

Charters Towers Regional Council RADF Program approved six (6) applications for funding in the 2020-2021 year, details of which can be viewed here. Funded projects fmo the 2019-2020 year can be found here, the 2018-2019 year can be found here and the 2017-2018 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.