Need funding for an arts project? 12 May

If you’re working on an idea for a new arts project and need funding to help make it happen then the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) may be able to help.

The next round of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is open and applications are being sought for projects that will start after 1 August 2022.

RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Rockhampton Regional Council, supporting professional artists and arts practice in regional areas. It distributes approximately $60,000 of funding in Rockhampton Region each year.

Rockhampton Regional Council Communities and Heritage Portfolio spokesperson Cr Drew Wickerson said that RADF funding comes under two broad categories – Development Grant and Project Grant.

“Local established and emerging artists can apply to receive financial assistance for their professional development, and local groups can receive assistance to employ professional artists for a specific project,” he said.

Council’s website (www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/radf) has case studies of previously successful RADF applications which current applicants might find helpful.

“I encourage any local individuals and groups to see if RADF can help them,” Cr Wickerson said.

RADF is a grass roots funding program where grants are decided by a local committee who are familiar with local priorities.

“People proposing projects that are run by and benefit young people, Indigenous Australians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and innovative cross-art forms are particularly encouraged to apply,” he said.

Development grants cover: professional career development, skills development workshops, concept development and creative development of new work. Assistance is available for up to 65 percent of the total costs to a maximum of $5000.

Project Grants cover: exhibitions, performances, festivals and events, public presentations. Assistance is available for up to 80 percent of the total cost to a maximum of $10,000

Quick responses grants are available for any project or activity that requires funding outside the grant rounds with assistance available for up to 65 percent of the total costs to a maximum of $1000.

Applications are being accepted for projects commencing after 1 August 2022. Applications close 5pm Thursday 30 June 2022.

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