Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

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.

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.

Cairns Regional Council offers out-of-round grants and two 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.

Arts Queensland 2018-19 objectives

RADF supports arts and cultural activities that:

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


Out of round applications are open all year round.

  • 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. (purchase of capital items is ineligible)
  • Individual Professional Development- is a travel grant that provides local artists with funds for attending professional development opportunities. Grants are capped at $1,000 for travel within Queensland and up to $1,500 for interstate travel.
  • ECOarts grants - Now closed. These grants support applications up to $4,500 towards the development of projects that focus on environmentally-based arts and cultural practice, highlighting a sustainability challenge or celebrating our unique local biodiversity. Outcomes may be presented at the Cairns ECOfiesta, held on the last Sunday in May each year. The ECOarts grant will be offered ONCE per year. Applicants are encouraged to contact Council's Sustainability team via email to discuss your concept before preparing your application.

Grant rounds

There are two RADF funding rounds annually.

Major Rounds are currently closed. Please keep checking back for notification of the next open round.

Applicants applying to Cairns RADF major rounds are able to apply for up to $10,000 towards their arts and cultural activities.

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 (07) 4032 6650 or by email

Submitting your application

Preferred method: Email application and all attachments to by 5pm 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 or before due date);

The RADF Liaison Officer
Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Cairns Regional Council
46 Collins Avenue
Edge Hill Qld 4870


Hand deliver to:
Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Cairns Regional Council 
46 Collins Avenue
Edge Hill Qld 4870

Applicants are advised to download and save the form, rather than working on it within an internet browser.
Please be aware there have been some reported issues with these forms.

Should you encounter any problems please email

Local Priorities and Council's Strategy for Culture and the Arts


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


Culture, heritage and place are valued, shared, celebrated and promoted


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

Download the Cairns Regional Council Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022
( PDF, 3.22 MB )

Download the the Cairns Regional Council Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022 At A Glance
( PDF, 3.57 MB )

Last updated: 04 July 2019