Regional Arts Development Fund

About the fund

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and eligible local councils across the state. It 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.

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 a set of criteria based on Key Performance Outcomes provided by Arts Queensland and the locally-determined Arts and Cultural Development Policy.

The RADF Liaison Officer is a Council officer and the main contact for the RADF Program. They liaise with officers at Arts Queensland to ensure appropriate management of the RADF Program and the RADF Committee.  Please note that Cairns Regional Council’s nominated RADF Liaison Officer is the Cultural Services Arts and Cultural Grants Coordinator.

Who can apply?

  • Individual professional artists
  • emerging professional artists
  • artsworkers
  • cultural workers
  • project coordinators
  • collective/artist-run initiatives & groups. (Note: non-incorporated groups must be auspiced by an incorporated organisation, or an individual with an ABN)
  • incorporated arts and cultural organisations
Before you apply

Intending applicants must discuss your project with Council's Arts and Cultural Grants Coordinator (RADF Liaison Officer), or a RADF Committee Member PRIOR TO submitting your application. Contact (07) 4032 6650 or by email radf@cairns.qld.gov.au

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Major Rounds

There are two RADF Major Grant Rounds annually.

Major Grant Rounds are currently closed. Keep checking this page for open and close dates.

* Note: Read the Before you apply section above for RADF guidelines, eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions.

Round One opens on 23 September 2019 and closes on 28 October 2019 for projects that can start after 1 January 2020.

Round Two opens around April 2020 for projects that can start after 1 July 2020.

Up to $10,000
Small Arts Grant

Quick turn-around grants of up to $500 available for artists to access a wide range of resources to support their arts practice eg, art materials, a catalogue, etc. The purchase of capital items is ineligible.

* Note: Read the Before you apply section above for RADF guidelines, eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions.

Open all year to extent of available funds.  Up to $500
Individual Professional Development Grant

Quick turn-around travel grants that provide local artists with funds for attending professional development opportunities. Grants of up to $1000 are available for travel within Queensland and up to $1500 for interstate or international travel.

* Note: Read the Before you apply section above for RADF guidelines, eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions.

Open all year to extent of available funds. Up to $1000 for travel within Queensland.
Up to $1500 for interstate or international travel.
City of the Arts Hero Project Grant

The City of the Arts Hero Project Grant will provide funds for one large scale, high-calibre project for the RADF 2019/20 year. Applications are open to individuals, organisations or creative collaborators with a strong professional track record and show strong investment from other funding sources.

* Note: Read the Before you apply section above for RADF guidelines, eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions.

One round per year.
Opens April 2020 for projects that start after 1 July 2020.
Applicants are able to apply for up to $25,000. Only one grant will be awarded per year.
Flame.Arts Access – Leg Up Grants

Flame.Arts Access - Leg Up Grants offer small grants of up to $1000 for individual People with Disability, Young People and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to develop projects of an arts and cultural nature within our region, or further afield (or for individuals or organisations developing projects that specifically target/benefit one or more of the above groups). Funds can be used for individual professional development opportunities, project costs or materials.

* Note: Read the Before you apply section above for RADF guidelines, eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions.

Open all year to extent of available funds.Applicants are able to apply for up to $1,000.

Guiding strategies

Arts Queensland objectives

RADF supports arts and cultural activities that:

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

Council's five-year Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022 has been developed in parallel with its Corporate Plan 2017-2022, which identifies broad strategic objectives for community and cultural development. The Strategy identifies three key priorities, each with measures for success:

Priority One: Infrastructure, resources and skills that support and stimulate the cultural and creative life of our community

Priority Two: Culture, heritage and place are valued, shared, celebrated and promoted

Priority Three: A robust cultural economy fueled by an international reputation as a tropical, cultural and creative hub.

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Last updated: 18 October 2019