The Regional Arts Development Fund (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 the 2023-24 Program 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?
RADF 2023-24 Round 2 applications:
- Applications open – Monday 19 February 2024
- Applications close – Monday 1 April 2024 at midnight
How can I apply?
- Applications must be completed via Council's online portal SmartyGrants.
- Click here to apply for Round 2.
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].
RADF opportunities are available in the following categories:
- Community arts and cultural development
- Visual arts, craft, and design
- Developing regional skills
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.
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:
- RADF 2023-24 Round 1 Successful Applicants [PDF, 150KB]
- RADF 2022-23 Successful Applicants [PDF, 200KB]
For more information, please visit RADF on the Arts Queensland website.
RADF Assessment Panel
Redland City Council is launching expressions of interest for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) assessment panel on Monday 19 February. In collaboration with Arts Queensland, Council underscores the importance of supporting local creatives by offering an honorarium to incoming RADF panel members for their contributions.
The call for expressions of interest opens on Monday 19 February and will remain open until Monday 11th March at noon. Interested individuals, including local artists, arts workers, and representatives from cultural groups, are encouraged to apply.
Representatives are appointed to the panel for a minimum of two years, with their responsibilities including attending and participating in RADF assessment meetings, evaluating and providing feedback to grant applications, promoting the RADF program within their networks, and ensuring that allocated funds align with RADF guidelines, eligibility criteria, and the priorities of Redlands Coast.
- March 11th (12 noon): Expression of interest deadline
- Late March: Selection process and interviews
- Late March: Successful applicants appointed to the panel
- March 29th (time TBC): Mandatory induction and training session (1.5 hours) in Cleveland
- Early April: RADF Round 2 assessments (completed online)
- April 15th (time TBC): RADF Grants Assessment Panel meeting
For more information on how to submit an expression of interest for the RADF assessment panel, please contact Council's RADF Liaison Officer at RADFgrants@redland.qld.gov.au or visit the Regional Arts Development Fund page on Council’s website.
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.