Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Grant Program – Australia
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) provides funding for projects that promote and develop arts, culture and heritage in the Townsville Region. It is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Townsville City Council.
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RADF is a unique partnership between the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council to support local talent, unite communities and celebrate the arts across the state.
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. If you are a local artist, organization or creative business, grants are available to bring your ideas to life through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).
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RADF has three key objectives:
Provide public value for Queensland communities;
Build local cultural capacity, cultural innovation and community pride;
Deliver Queensland Government’s objectives for the community.
Applications for over $1,000 and up to $10,000 per application are invited.
Townsville City Council’s RADF grant funding has specific categories that projects should fall into. These categories were determined as priorities following the engagement at the RADF workshop held in February 2016. Details of how your project fits within the relevant category/s should be addressed in your application. You can select more than one category:
Building Community Cultural Capacity
Support for professional career and capacity development activities for local artists and arts workers. Examples of grant proposals include:
Community groups engaging a professional artist or arts worker to work with them on developing their arts practice, to run arts development workshops or community projects.
The costs for individual artists and arts workers to attend professional development seminars and activities; master classes, mentorships with recognized arts and cultural peers.
RADF grants will support individuals and groups who wish to engage in professional research and the development of ideas and project proposals to the implementation stage. No specific art form product is required; however, the project should demonstrate how it will contribute to the future arts and cultural development of the city. Potential funding sources for the implementation of the project should be identified prior to making an application.
Collaborative projects or multiple art forms
RADF grants will support individuals or groups that incorporate collaboration with other artists or cross art forms, to build inclusive communities, encourage partnerships and sharing of resources within the region. Collaboration includes leveraging sponsorship, cross marketing of events, pooling resources and the development of a peer mentoring system to assist artists in project development, grant writing and skill development.
Support for projects that reach the community through participation and audience experience. Proposed projects should support the community’s access to and participation in a range of artistic, cultural and entertainment activities. As well as encourage active and healthy lifestyles through accessible public facilities and community initiatives.
To be eligible to apply, applicants can be:
an individual professional artist, emerging professional artist, arts worker, cultural worker or project coordinator who holds an Australian Business Number (ABN) or will be auspiced by a not-for-profit, properly constituted incorporated body or individual with an ABN, or;
a not-for-profit, properly constituted incorporated body or be auspiced by such a body which is able to accept legal and financial responsibility for the project.
To be eligible to apply, applicants must;
be based in the Townsville City Council Local Government area, or if based outside the council area, then be able to demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the council area;
be free of debt to Townsville City Council and have no outstanding acquittals from previous Townsville City Council grant applications;
hold, or have an auspicing organization with, public liability insurance to the value of ten million dollars per claim; or occurrence giving rise to a claim; and
be able to demonstrate how the project will meet a local demand or need within the Townsville community.
What will not be funded
The following projects costs are excluded from the program:
Purchase of capital equipment – the purchase of office equipment (such as computers or
photocopiers), portable shade structures/gazebos, machinery, vehicles, trailers, air conditioners, white goods, tables, chairs, PA systems or capital equipment of any kind.
Capital works – including the cost of repairs, extensions or renovations to buildings.
Retrospective costs – including reimbursement of costs already incurred and funding for projects
which have already taken place or began prior to the application being approved by council.
Salaries and on-going related costs that are part of an organization’s normal operations.
Costs associated with the hiring of council owned or coordinated venues and public spaces such as
waste fees, staffing fees and costs, council staff overtime, venue supervisor wages and hire of council equipment free of charge.
Prize money, prizes or trophies.
Grant proposals that may lead to dependence on council grant funds.
Projects which support or oppose political or religious organizations, includes projects that are
considered to primarily deliver a religious or political message.
Projects that do not promote social cohesion or inclusiveness.
Projects that duplicate existing services or programs.
Projects deemed to be for primarily commercial purposes.
Payment of debt or loans.
Projects which are considered to be a requirement under an existing funding or service agreement
with another organization.
General operating expenses – funding will not cover expenses such as electricity, lease rent
payments, telephone, uniforms etc. that are part of an organizations ongoing expenses.
For more information, visit https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/community-support/grants-and-funding/RADF