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Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)


Welcome to the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program. RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Somerset Regional Council to support local arts and culture in Regional Queensland.

RADF Funding Purpose

RADF supports the delivery of outcomes that meet the priority areas of the ‘Arts for all Queenslanders’ strategy:

  • Artistic, cultural, social and economic returns on investment;
  • Strengthen commercial and entrepreneurial capacity;
  • Strengthen cultural tourism; and
  • Grow public value of arts and culture.

RADF Objectives

  • Supporting locally determined arts and cultural priorities;
  • Supporting local artists and arts and cultural activity;
  • Providing opportunities for local communities to participate in arts and cultural activities.

Across Queensland, 61 Councils participate in RADF. The program will operate differently in each council region as each council responds to locally identified needs and priorities.

RADF Grants

Applicants are required to align their project with set funding categories and meet eligibility requirements. Applications are assessed in four rounds per year.

What kinds of projects are eligible for a RADF grant?

The program supports locally determined professional arts, cultural and heritage development opportunities by providing one-off, short term, project based financial assistance to groups and individuals. Activities must align with one of the set funding categories.

For full eligibility details and information about what RADF does NOT support, please read the Information for Applicants document below.

What are the funding categories?

RADF grants are available for individuals, groups and organisations. The funding categories and objectives are outlined below. Your project must align with one of these categories.

1. Young People

This theme aims to support young individual professional and emerging artists or arts and cultural workers living in the Somerset Region and encourage growth in their practice.

2. Tourism

This theme supports projects which make cultural life visible within the Somerset region through creating place based cultural activities which will develop the regions cultural heritage and help promote cultural tourism.

3. Vibrant Towns and Villages

The Somerset region is home to an array of communities, each of which has a distinct personality and history. This priority is about creating a sense of place in our towns and villages which respects and highlights their heritage and character. Projects that bring our towns and villages alive through events, activities and celebration are encouraged.

4. Artists in Residence Program

Artists in Residence programs offer an opportunity for artists to have time to dedicate to their artwork; to grow and expand ideas, to take their creativity to a new level of excellence.

5. Professional Development Program

This priority is for individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.

When can I apply for a RADF grant?

RADF grants will be assessed in four rounds per year. Listed below are upcoming round dates.

RADF Round
Stage one closes
Proposal snapshot

Stage one decisions advised

RADF Round
Stage two closes
Projects shortlisted

RADF Committee
Meeting Date at 3pm

Friday, 9 October 2020


Friday, 23 October 2020



Friday, 6 November 2020



Monday, 16 November 2020


Friday, 8 January 2021

Friday, 22 January 2021


Friday, 5 February 2021



Monday, 15 February 2021


Friday, 6 April 2021


Friday, 23 April 2021



Friday, 7 May 2021



Monday, 17 May 2021


Friday, 9 July 2021


Friday, 16 July 2021



Friday, 6 August 2021



Monday, 16 August 2021


Assistance is available in the planning of your RADF project and the drafting of your application. Contact the RADF Liaison Officer on 5424 4000 or email

RADF Committee Applications

Somerset Regional Council is seeking applications from interested members of the community to fill vacancies in the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Committee.

The RADF Committee is a group of informed representatives who reflect the diverse arts, culture and geography of the Council area.

What are the ongoing responsibilities of the RADF Committee?

  • attend and participate in RADF meetings
  • assess RADF applications and outcome reports
  • ensure that funding allocated is aligned with the RADF principles, eligibility criteria, and the priorities of the Council's Plan and policies
  • inform the RADF bidding and reporting cycles
  • participate in RADF Committee training
  • promote the RADF Program within your own networks
  • inform the RADF Liaison Officer, prior to the meeting, if they are unable to attend

For more information please contact council's RADF liaison officer on 5424 4000

RADF Committee Nomination Form


Up The Wall – Lowood Customer Service Centre and Library Mural Project

Up The Wall was funded through the Regional Arts Development Fund.

RADF Documents