The Regional Arts Development Fund (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 objectives are to support 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
RADF is a flexible fund, enabling local Councils to tailor RADF programs to suit the needs of their communities.
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.
General enquiries should be directed to the RADF Liaison Officer via email or 131 872.
Current stage of the RADF program
Expressions of interest for funding in 2019/20 have closed. Applicants have been advised of their progress and announcements will be made after we receive notification from Arts Queensland in the new financial year.
RADF funding should return in 2020/21. The 2020/21 program will be for projects commencing after 1 September 2020. We anticipate conducting a call out for expressions of interest in February and March 2020 for projects commencing after 1 September 2020.
2018/19 RADF program
Our 2018/19 RADF program features Council initiated projects in the visual and performing arts. These projects provide access to arts experiences that are not usually available in our Region.
- Performing Arts Support Program (PASP)
Groups and individuals based in the Toowoomba Regional Council area can apply for funds of up to $2000 to assist in the production of their performance-based work. These funds must go to paying personnel (creative team members, specialised technicians, mentors or performers) that will enhance the creative development, capacity and/or the overall outcome of the work and the professional practice of those involved.
- Toowoomba Regional Touring Initiative (TRTI)
The work of independent producers including musicians and bands can be nominated for touring in the local region. If producers wish to be considered for this, they need to pitch their show through the nomination process.
This is a rolling fund open until 1 November 2019 or earlier if allocated funds are expended.
For all forms and guidelines go to the Empire Theatre website.
Jeanette Wedmaier, Empire Theatre Projects Company | (07) 4698 9925 | Jeanette@empiretheatre.com.au
- The Regions
Contemporary art projects for the Toowoomba Region.
'The Regions’ brings five artists (local, national and international) to the Toowoomba Region to undertake contemporary art projects outside greater Toowoomba. Artists include Kirsty Lee (Toowoomba), Tim Doud and Zoe Charlton (US), Eva Koch (Denmark) and Dan Elborne (Toowoomba). ‘The Regions’ is managed by Alexandra Lawson Gallery.
All projects within 'The Regions' involve a level of community participation.
See The Regions website for more details.
Alexandra Lawson, Alexandra Lawson Gallery | 0418 603 695 | email@example.com
Past program details
In 2017/18 there were two projects funded:
- Lit Festival auspiced by Arts Council Toowoomba
- Millmerran Historic Walk managed by Millmerran Commerce and Progress in association with Millmerran and District Historical Society.