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 2020/21
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.
2019/20 RADF program
In early 2020, we will undertake a strategic partnership with Arts Council Toowoomba to review how public art works in the Toowoomba Region.
The Virtual Public Art Project aims to examine what public art means from a community and practitioner perspective. Locally focused research will feed into our public art policy review. There will be opportunities for the community to be involved in consultations and provide feedback in March 2020. Further details will be provided when venues are confirmed.
There are two other projects funded in 2019/20 and details will be provided once contracting is complete.
Past program details
In 2018/19 there were two projects funded:
- Performing Arts Support Program (PASP) and Toowoomba Regional Touring Initiative (TRTI) managed by Empire Theatre Projects Company
- The Regions Contemporary art projects for the Toowoomba Region managed by Alexandra Lawson | Alexandra Lawson Gallery
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.