Regional Arts Development Fund | Redland City Council

Regional Arts Development Fund

About the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

The RADF is an annual partnership between the Queensland Government and Redland City Council.

RADF 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. RADF is a flexible fund, enabling local councils to tailor RADF programs to suit the needs of their communities.

The purpose of the RADF program is to support professional and emerging professional artists and arts workers to practice excellent art for and with communities for mutual development.

RADF supports arts and cultural activities that:

  • Provide public value for Queensland communities.
  • Build local cultural capacity, cultural innovation and community well-being
  • Deliver Queensland Government’s objectives for the community.

Our focus for RADF 2023-24

Our focus for this round is accessibility, sustainability, and growth. Grant applications that creatively explore these themes through stories of First Nations people and places in the Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country are encouraged. Stories of people and places have the power to teach, entertain and strengthen our connections to each other can inspire and can be expressed through songs, visual arts, dance, music, craft, writing, theatre, heritage or design. Stories also allow us to share the challenges we currently face, and applicants may wish to consider projects using digital platforms.

Our objectives for RADF 2023-24

  • Building a strong and sustainable sector
  • Embrace Brisbane 2032
  • Elevate First Nations arts particularly Quandamooka arts/artists
  • Activate our places and spaces
  • Drive social change and strengthen communities
  • Share our local stories and celebrate our local storytellers

For further Queensland Government arts and cultural programs and opportunities please visit Arts Queensland.

When can I apply?

  • Applications open – Monday 2 October 2023
  • Applications close – Wednesday 1 November 2023 at midnight

How can I apply?

Applications must be completed via Council's online portal SmartyGrants.

Am I eligible to apply?

Prior to making an application, please read the Information for Applicants: Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Guidelines 2023-24 [PDF, 1MB].

Categories of funding available

RADF grants are available in nine categories:

  • Community arts and cultural development
  • Multi-arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual arts, craft, and design
  • Writing
  • Dance
  • Developing regional skills
  • Heritage

Assessment of applications

Grants are assessed by an external Assessment Panel of eight people, Chaired  by Cr Paul Bishop  of Redland City Council. The other panel members are external professionals in their various creative fields.

These panellists can also apply for grants (and by stating a conflict of interest, will not participate in assessing that round of grant applications).

The information provided in your application will be assessed against the objectives and outcomes identified in the program guidelines by the RADF Volunteer Assessment Panel. The RADF program is competitive, and all grants and their value will be awarded based on the recommendations of the RADF Volunteer Assessment Panel. 

If you are interested in being part of the external assessment panel, click on this link to complete an assessment panel EOI form

All panel member applications are assessed by an internal panel, based on the applicant’s professional expertise, skills and broader industry knowledge and experiences.

A list of current volunteer panellists is available here:

Previous successful applicants

Refer to successful RADF applicants [PDF, 0.2KB].

For more information, please visit RADF on the Arts Queensland website.

Or contact Council on 3829 8999 or email

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Redland City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.