RADF logos and acknowledgementThe Regional Arts Development Fund (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. RADF aims to:

  • provide public value for Queensland communities
  • build local cultural capacity, cultural innovation, and community well-being
  • deliver Queensland Government’s objectives for the community

RADF is a flexible fund, enabling local Councils to tailor RADF programs to suit the needs of their communities.

Through this program, AQ provides partnership investment that enables local councils across the State to deliver artistic outcomes, grow employment opportunities for creative and cultural workers, and engage communities to deliver on the priorities as described in Creative Together: 2020-2030:

  • Elevate First Nations arts
  • Activate Queensland’s local places and global digital spaces
  • Drive social change across the state
  • Strengthen Queensland communities
  • Share our stories and celebrate our storytellers.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and eligible local Councils across the state. 

Enquiries

General enquiries should be directed to the RADF Liaison Officer via email or 131 872. 

 

Current stage of the RADF program

Formation of the 2021/22 RADF Advisory Committee

We will soon call for applications from interested members of the community with specific skills or experience in a range of cultural fields including music, dance, performing arts, visual arts and heritage, to be part of the Regional Arts Development Fund committee for the Toowoomba Region in the current term of Council. As well as providing advice on the suitability of projects and applications, the RADF committee reviews local funding priorities and assists in updating Toowoomba's RADF guidelines in line with local priorities.

Details of how to apply will be available here very soon. For more information please contact the RADF Liaison Officer via email or by calling 131 872.

RADF funding in 2021/22 - express your interest in partnering with us on large-scale cultural projects

There will not be any competitive community grants in the Toowoomba Region in 2021/22.

Expressions of interest for funding to partner with us in the delivery of cultural projects commencing after 30 September 2021 can be made until August 2021. Non-binding expressions of interest can be submitted via the RADF expressions of interest form.

Draft 2021/22 RADF guidelines are available. 

 

Past program details

In 2020/21 there were two projects funded:

  • Live and Local: the Community Development, Tourism and Facilities Branch of Toowoomba Regional Council is partnering with a number of stakeholders to deliver a Live and Local Strategy to strengthen local grassroots live music communities in Toowoomba Region.
  • Regional Arts Australia has selected Empire Theatres Toowoomba to become a presenting venue partner for the 2021 Artlands Conference. Regional Arts Development Funding is supporting the provision of the local programming and local content for this engagement.

In 2019/20 there were three projects funded:

  • The Virtual Public Art Project: a strategic partnership with Arts Council Toowoomba to review how public artworks in the Toowoomba Region.
  • Lit Festival Masterclass: festival educational extension auspiced by Story ARC Inc.
  • My Corona project: an entrepreneurial collaboration that supported economic development through partnerships with local business owners, that nurtured local innovation, and offered creative development to local artists across a range of artforms. 

In 2018/19 there were two projects funded:

  • Performing Arts Support Program (PASP) and Toowoomba Regional Touring Initiative (TRTI) managed by Empire Theatre Projects Company
  • The Regions Contemporary art projects for the Toowoomba Region managed by Alexandra Lawson | Alexandra Lawson Gallery

In 2017/18 there were two projects funded:

  • Lit Festival auspiced by Arts Council Toowoomba.
  • Millmerran Historic Walk managed by Millmerran Commerce and Progress in association with Millmerran and District Historical Society.