Need funding for an arts project?

Published on 18 February 2021

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If you have an idea for an art or performances project and you need funding to make it happen, 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 June.

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.

RADF funding can be used in a variety of ways including assisting established and emerging artists with professional development and assisting local arts groups to employ professional artists for specific projects.

Rockhampton Regional Council Community Services Spokesperson Cr Drew said that RADF is a grass roots funding program where grants are decided by a local committee who are familiar with local priorities.

“RADF funding comes under two broad categories – Development Grant and Project Grant. I encourage any local individuals and groups to see if RADF can help them.

“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.”

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 June . Applications close Sunday 18 April 2021.

For more information, visit or contact Rockhampton Regional Council on 4932 9000 or email