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Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

  • About 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. 

    Purpose 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.

    Our RADF grant program is overseen by the Central Highlands Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (CHACAC) who hold regular meetings. Visit the CHACAC page to learn more about the committee.

    Council’s local priorities for RADF 2023-24 are:

    1. Support skills development and capacity building for individuals and groups in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors.

    2. Support opportunities within the arts and heritage for social connection to build community resilience and improve well-being.

    3. Deliver priorities meeting Central Highlands strategic documents:

    4. Provide access to new and diverse opportunities and art forms that enhance the region’s cultural reputation, cultural and heritage tourism offerings and local economy.

    5. Encourage partnerships and collaboration across the arts, cultural and heritage sector between individuals, groups, and professional organisations.

  • Application timeline
    Application Submission DeadlineAssessment Panel Meeting DateCouncil Meeting (Outcome) Date
    Round 1 Sunday 28 January 2024Friday 9 February 2024Wednesday 28 February 2024
    Round 2 Sunday 21 April 2024Friday 3 May 2024Wednesday 29 May 2024

    *General Council Meeting date subject to approval by council before being confirmed

     

  • Who can apply?

    The following individuals and organisations can apply for a RADF grant –

    Individual

    Professional artists, emerging professional artists, arts workers, cultural workers or project coordinators who:

    • are based in the council area, or if based outside the council area, can demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the council area
    • are permanent residents or Australian citizens
    • are aged 18 years of age or above or have a legal guardian co-sign the application confirming financial responsibility of the funding
    • have an Australian Business Number (ABN), or who will be auspiced by an incorporated organisation or individual with an ABN.

    Group

    Any of the following groups may be eligible to apply:

    • arts, culture and heritage organisations based in the council area
    • arts, culture and heritage organisations based outside the council area that can demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the council area
    • organisations and/or agencies delivering arts and cultural objectives for the region aligning with arts, cultural and heritage strategic vision.

    Applicants are required to be incorporated organisations with public liability insurance, or be auspiced by an incorporated organisation or individual with an ABN.

  • What kinds of projects are eligible?

    Individuals are eligible to apply for Australian-based professional development opportunities including:

    • masterclasses
    • workshops/retreats
    • mentorships and placements with recognised arts and cultural organisations
    • conferences

    Groups are eligible to apply for projects under the following categories:

    • Skills development workshops
    • Community arts and cultural development
    • Cultural tourism
    • Concept development
    • Events and festivals
    • Placemaking
    • Conferences and training

    See pages 8-9 in the guidelines for more information and examples.

  • How can I apply?

    Before starting your application, please read our RADF Guidelines and ensure you have been in touch with one of council’s RADF Liaison Officers prior to completing/submitting an application

    Applications can be completed online via the SmartyGrants platform. The RADF application link will be available during the round open dates.

    You are required to register a username and password login the first time you use this application system. The online application system will allow you to save and develop applications before you choose to submit them.

    RADF Liaison Officers are available to for advice regarding the development of your application or for assistance in completing the SmartyGrants application. For assistance, please contact

    Katerina Hatzipanagiotis, Coordinator Arts and Engagement
    E: khatzipanagiotis@chrc.qld.gov.au
    P: 1300 242 687

    Once applications close, CHACAC will access the applications and provide a recommendation to council for endorsement. Once council have made a decision on funding allocation, each applicants will be notified of the outcome.

  • Outcome reports

    Outcome reports show accountability for grant spending and record the outcomes of the activity.

    All RADF grant recipients are required to submit an outcome report no later than eight weeks after the conclusion of the activity.

    Download the outcome report templates below the FAQs.

  • Assessment meeting dates & minutes
  • Previous RADF Projects
    Project & Applicant - GroupSummary Component funded
    (Note – components not funded in full)
    Miner’s Common Museum, Arts and Cultural Centre Inc - A Taste of Africa Exciting and vibrant African drum rhythm workshops by Gabriel Out, held at local schools across the region. The workshops culminated in a workshop an evening performance by Gabriel, local artists and workshop participants at the Gemfields Folk Festival. Performers fees (incl accommodation, travel, hire vehicle)
    Emerald Patchwork & Quilting Group - Patchwork & Embroidery Workshops Workshops led by experienced tutors where participants gained skills to make their own patchwork bag decorated with hand embroidery, pencil shading and embellishments. Facilitator fees (incl travel)
    Emerald Pottery Club Inc - Garden Dwellers Sculptural Workshop Over a series of weekends, participants learned to combine pottery and mosaic techniques to create their very own garden sculpture. Facilitator fees (incl accommodation, travel)
    Future Concepts Entertainment - Golden Coastline – Dance Workshops & Performance Gold Coast dance troupe held two dance workshops for Central Highland dance students followed by a public performance. The students learned new dance techniques such as: beat box, hip hop, krumping, popping, locking and competing in dance battles Facilitator Fees (incl. performance, travel & accommodation, ticket sales)
    Orion Community Inc - Art Workshops for Orion Two creative resin workshops, one for adults and one for children, were held by an experienced artist at Orion. Participants were able to watch demonstrations by the artist before experimenting themselves. An adults workshop was an introduction to using resin in which they decorated a timber cheese board. Children were able to explore the use of various mediums such as canvas, paint and clay. Facilitator fees (incl travel)
    Arts Central Queensland - Framing History An end-to-end film making project that resulted in five short films based on local history. Sessions included script writing, actors and writers collaborating to film the stories at Capella Pioneer Village. Films were then edited, and final products screened at the Capella Cultural Centre cinema. Facilitator fees (incl accommodation, travel)

    Pre-production

    Promotion

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. 

Purpose 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.

Our RADF grant program is overseen by the Central Highlands Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (CHACAC) who hold regular meetings. Visit the CHACAC page to learn more about the committee.

Council’s local priorities for RADF 2023-24 are:

1. Support skills development and capacity building for individuals and groups in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors.

2. Support opportunities within the arts and heritage for social connection to build community resilience and improve well-being.

3. Deliver priorities meeting Central Highlands strategic documents:

4. Provide access to new and diverse opportunities and art forms that enhance the region’s cultural reputation, cultural and heritage tourism offerings and local economy.

5. Encourage partnerships and collaboration across the arts, cultural and heritage sector between individuals, groups, and professional organisations.

Application Submission DeadlineAssessment Panel Meeting DateCouncil Meeting (Outcome) Date
Round 1 Sunday 28 January 2024Friday 9 February 2024Wednesday 28 February 2024
Round 2 Sunday 21 April 2024Friday 3 May 2024Wednesday 29 May 2024

*General Council Meeting date subject to approval by council before being confirmed

 

The following individuals and organisations can apply for a RADF grant –

Individual

Professional artists, emerging professional artists, arts workers, cultural workers or project coordinators who:

  • are based in the council area, or if based outside the council area, can demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the council area
  • are permanent residents or Australian citizens
  • are aged 18 years of age or above or have a legal guardian co-sign the application confirming financial responsibility of the funding
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN), or who will be auspiced by an incorporated organisation or individual with an ABN.

Group

Any of the following groups may be eligible to apply:

  • arts, culture and heritage organisations based in the council area
  • arts, culture and heritage organisations based outside the council area that can demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the council area
  • organisations and/or agencies delivering arts and cultural objectives for the region aligning with arts, cultural and heritage strategic vision.

Applicants are required to be incorporated organisations with public liability insurance, or be auspiced by an incorporated organisation or individual with an ABN.

Individuals are eligible to apply for Australian-based professional development opportunities including:

  • masterclasses
  • workshops/retreats
  • mentorships and placements with recognised arts and cultural organisations
  • conferences

Groups are eligible to apply for projects under the following categories:

  • Skills development workshops
  • Community arts and cultural development
  • Cultural tourism
  • Concept development
  • Events and festivals
  • Placemaking
  • Conferences and training

See pages 8-9 in the guidelines for more information and examples.

Before starting your application, please read our RADF Guidelines and ensure you have been in touch with one of council’s RADF Liaison Officers prior to completing/submitting an application

Applications can be completed online via the SmartyGrants platform. The RADF application link will be available during the round open dates.

You are required to register a username and password login the first time you use this application system. The online application system will allow you to save and develop applications before you choose to submit them.

RADF Liaison Officers are available to for advice regarding the development of your application or for assistance in completing the SmartyGrants application. For assistance, please contact

Katerina Hatzipanagiotis, Coordinator Arts and Engagement
E: khatzipanagiotis@chrc.qld.gov.au
P: 1300 242 687

Once applications close, CHACAC will access the applications and provide a recommendation to council for endorsement. Once council have made a decision on funding allocation, each applicants will be notified of the outcome.

Outcome reports show accountability for grant spending and record the outcomes of the activity.

All RADF grant recipients are required to submit an outcome report no later than eight weeks after the conclusion of the activity.

Download the outcome report templates below the FAQs.

Project & Applicant - GroupSummary Component funded
(Note – components not funded in full)
Miner’s Common Museum, Arts and Cultural Centre Inc - A Taste of Africa Exciting and vibrant African drum rhythm workshops by Gabriel Out, held at local schools across the region. The workshops culminated in a workshop an evening performance by Gabriel, local artists and workshop participants at the Gemfields Folk Festival. Performers fees (incl accommodation, travel, hire vehicle)
Emerald Patchwork & Quilting Group - Patchwork & Embroidery Workshops Workshops led by experienced tutors where participants gained skills to make their own patchwork bag decorated with hand embroidery, pencil shading and embellishments. Facilitator fees (incl travel)
Emerald Pottery Club Inc - Garden Dwellers Sculptural Workshop Over a series of weekends, participants learned to combine pottery and mosaic techniques to create their very own garden sculpture. Facilitator fees (incl accommodation, travel)
Future Concepts Entertainment - Golden Coastline – Dance Workshops & Performance Gold Coast dance troupe held two dance workshops for Central Highland dance students followed by a public performance. The students learned new dance techniques such as: beat box, hip hop, krumping, popping, locking and competing in dance battles Facilitator Fees (incl. performance, travel & accommodation, ticket sales)
Orion Community Inc - Art Workshops for Orion Two creative resin workshops, one for adults and one for children, were held by an experienced artist at Orion. Participants were able to watch demonstrations by the artist before experimenting themselves. An adults workshop was an introduction to using resin in which they decorated a timber cheese board. Children were able to explore the use of various mediums such as canvas, paint and clay. Facilitator fees (incl travel)
Arts Central Queensland - Framing History An end-to-end film making project that resulted in five short films based on local history. Sessions included script writing, actors and writers collaborating to film the stories at Capella Pioneer Village. Films were then edited, and final products screened at the Capella Cultural Centre cinema. Facilitator fees (incl accommodation, travel)

Pre-production

Promotion

Frequently asked questions

See pages 16-17 of the guidelines for more questions and answers.

  • Who do I contact if I have a question or need assistance with my application?

    If you have questions about eligibility, SmartyGrants or any aspect of your application, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of council’s RADF Liaison Officers:

    Katerina Hatzipanagiotis, Coordinator Arts and Engagement
    E: khatzipanagiotis@chrc.qld.gov.au
    P: 1300 242 686

  • Can I apply as an individual if I don't have an ABN?

    It is not mandatory for individual applicants to possess an ABN. However, if those criteria are not met, the application must be auspiced by an incorporated organisation or an individual with an ABN (known as the auspice body).

    The auspice body manages the grant on behalf of the applicant, and their insurance documentation is required to support project/program delivery.

    The auspice body is responsible for providing a financial report on completion of the project. It is not responsible for the artistic direction or quality of the project.

  • Can groups submit an application if they are unincorporated and/or without public liability insurance?

    It is not mandatory for group applicants to be an incorporated organisation and have public liability insurance.

    However, if those criteria are not met, the application must be auspiced by an incorporated organisation or an individual with an ABN (known as the auspice body).

    The auspice body manages the grant on behalf of the applicant, and their insurance documentation is required to support project/program delivery.

    The auspice body is responsible for providing a financial report on completion of the project. It is not responsible for the artistic direction or quality of the project.

  • Who makes the funding decisions?

    Our RADF grant program is overseen by the Central Highlands Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (CHACAC) who hold regular meetings. This committee consists of volunteers familiar with the diverse arts, culture and geography of our region.

    The committee assess applications and provide a recommendation for endorsement by council.

    More information and list of current members is available on the CHACAC page.

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