The Southern Downs Regional Council is currently inviting the community to apply for its Regional Arts Development Fund. Innovative and creative projects within the Southern Downs region will come alive as part of one of the State’s most active arts programs, the Regional Arts Development Fund, known as RADF. Throughout previous years Council’s RADF grants have included exciting and diverse projects such as street art, workshops to develop skills, heritage projects, and participation of professional cultural artists and entertainers at festivals.

“Council continues to receive well-developed and exciting applications for projects that will continue to strengthen the important arts and cultural fabric of our region,” says Southern Downs Portfolio Councillor and Chair of the RADF Reference Group, Rod Kelly.

“I look forward to seeing the applications for this year’s funding and encourage anyone who is interested to apply.” he continued.

The Council’s first RADF round will open for applications on Tuesday 8 October 2019. The closing date for applications is midnight, Sunday 3 November 2019, and also important for applicants to note is that projects for which RADF grant funds are sought must not start before 20 December 2019. Applications will need to be made online via SmartyGrants. The link to the RADF application form and program guidelines is available on the Council’s website.

This year the Regional Arts Development Fund continues its partnership with the Palaszczuk Government with an investment of $2.08 million, through Arts Queensland, for the 2019-20 fund.

“This investment will support the delivery of hundreds of arts experiences and professional development opportunities across the state,” stated Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch.

“Projects funded through RADF provide pathways for learning, contribute to the creation of jobs, foster creativity and boost cultural tourism.”

Southern Downs Regional Council was successful in receiving $55,000 of funding from the State Government which will be combined with a Council contribution of $50,000 to provide a total funding pool of $105,000 for this financial year’s RADF program.

For further information, please contact the Southern Downs Regional Council’s RADF Liaison Officer, Zoe Dunlop, at  1300 697 372.

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