Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between Cairns Regional Council and Arts Queensland to support professional artists, emerging artists and arts practitioners living in regional Queensland.

RADF 2015-16 promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers to: support diversity and inclusivity; grow strong regions; and provide training, education and employment opportunities for Queensland artists and local communities.

Cairns Regional Council offers out-of-round grants and two major funding rounds each year. Council's RADF Committee provides recommendations and contributes to the ongoing implementation of the program.

Applications are assessed by a publicly elected committee against criteria based on Key Performance Outcomes provided by Arts Queensland and the locally determined Arts and Cultural Development Policy.

What are the RADF 2015-16 objectives?

RADF 2015-16 objectives are to:

  1. support local artists and arts and cultural activity to deliver value for local communities
  2. provide opportunities for local communities to participate in arts and cultural activities
  3. invest in locally-determined priorities delivered through arts and cultural activity
  4. contribute towards current government priorities

RADF 2015-16 Key Performance Outcomes (KPOs)

All projects receiving RADF 2015-16 funding are required to report on their contribution towards RADF 2015-16 Key Performance Outcomes (KPOs):

    • RADF invests in a diversity of local arts and cultural projects
    • RADF engages local communities in arts and cultural activities
    • RADF supports local employment and strengthening of local arts sector
    • RADF supports quality arts and cultural initiatives based on local priorities
    • Local communities value RADF
    • RADF supports engagement with new and diverse artists, audiences and communities
    • RADF contributes to: diversity and inclusive communities; growing strong regions; and providing training, education and employment
    • RADF builds strong partnerships between arts and non-arts sectors
    • RADF leverages additional investment
    • RADF funding is used effectively and appropriately


Out of round applications: have a simple application process and a quick-turn-around process:

  • This Category has closed until further notice. Small arts grant – grants of up to $500 for artists to access a wide range of resources to support their arts practice, such as: art materials, a catalogue, etc. (Capital items are ineligible)
  • This Category has closed until further notice. Individual professional development - is a travel grant, which will provide local artists with funds to attend professional development opportunities. Grants will be capped at $1,000 for travel within Queensland, and up to $2000 for interstate travel. Assistance is available for up to 65 per cent of the total costs of the project.

Major grant rounds: there are two funding rounds per year and applicants can apply for up to $10,000.

  • Round 1, 2016-17 will be opened once Arts Queensland notifies all Councils of their allocations. This website will be updated once dates are set.
  • Round 2 will open in early 2017.

The Cairns Regional Council major grant round is broad and encompassing and include all arts streams. This category offers support towards projects and programs that create vibrant arts and cultural experiences, including, but not limited to:

  • performances and exhibitions
  • increased skills and professional development opportunities for artists
  • new works that extend artists and art forms
  • community arts and cultural development
  • initiatives that strengthen cultural tourism
  • enhanced cultural programs

Who can apply for a RADF grant?

  • Individual professional artists, emerging professional artists, artsworkers, cultural workers or project coordinators
  • Collective/Artist Run Initiative/Group: (non-incorporated) must be auspiced by an incorporated organisation, or an individual with an ABN.
  • Incorporated arts and cultural organisations.

Preparing your application

It is essential that you discuss your project with Council's RADF Liaison Officer or a RADF Committee Member PRIOR TO submitting your application. Contact Lucy Hart by phone 4032 6644 or by email .

Submitting your application

Preferred method: Email application and all attachments to by 5 pm on the closing date. A reply email will be sent to you on the next business day after the closing date, informing the receipt of your application.

Alternative methods: Mail a printed copy of the application form and all attachments to (postmarked with due date);

The RADF Liaison Officer
Cairns Regional Council
PO Box 359
Cairns Qld 4870


Hand deliver to:
Cairns Regional Council Chambers – Customer Service Desk
119-145 Spence Street, by 4.30pm on the closing date.

Last updated: 31 May 2016