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Community Arts and Culture Funding


Funding is the 'big one'.  It determines what arts and cultural activities are (or not) available in a community. This section lists some of the websites and resources to help you identify and apply for financial support.


Arts and Cultural Investment Framework

Consisting of just six categories, Arts Queensland's Arts and Cultural Investment Framework aims to increase transparency and reduce red tape. Councils are eligible to apply for four of the six competitive funding streams:

  • Projects and Programs Fund
  • Innovation Fund [opens July 14]
  • SuperStar Fund
  • Touring Queensland Fund.

Individual council officers can also apply under the Individuals Fund. If you have questions about the Framework or would like to host an information session in your region, contact Linda Dreghorn on (07) 3034 4077.


Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

RADF is a highly successful partnership between State and local government that supports professional and emerging professional artists and arts practitioners living in regional Queensland. RADF supports approximately 3000 arts and cultural projects around the state each year.


To further strengthen the State Government's partnership approach with local government, and better reflect the priorities of the Arts for All Queenslanders strategy, Arts Queensland will engage with councils in 2014 to identify a new business model for delivery of RADF from 2015. Arts Queensland will travel throughout the state to meet with councils and local stakeholders to determine how:

  • a greater customer focus can be applied to support individually tailored partnerships with councils in response to local needs
  • program administration can become more efficient and streamlined including simplification of guidelines and reporting requirements
  • direct links can be made to regional priorities as identified in local council planning frameworks, the Arts for All Queenslanders Strategy and The Queensland Plan
  • Arts Queensland's role in the partnership can shift to that of broker, connector, networker and enabler.

For more information contact your council or Arts Queensland


Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund (IRADF)

IRADF is a partnership between the State and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that supports the development of Indigenous art, artists and cultural workers through arts and cultural activities.


Regional Arts Fund

The Regional Arts Fund is a Federal Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. Funding is targeted at activities that have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities by:

  • developing partnerships and cultural networks
  • providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities
  • providing local communities with opportunities to participate in, and access cultural activities
  • building capacity in disadvantaged, youth, remote and/or Indigenous communities.

The Regional Arts Fund is managed by Artslink Queensland.

More resources


LGAQ's GRANTSconnect was developed to ease the burden for council staff and elected members.  The search engine collates results from: Queensland State Government's Grants Wizard, Federal Government's GrantsLINK and Regional Entry Point and GrantReady's Grant Guru Community. Each month, GRANTSconnect features a comprehensive grants list on the Latest News page.

You can also view LGAQ's webinar, Beyond RADF: Navigating the Funding Landscape


Beyond RADF: Navigating the Funding Landscape

18 October 2013