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Applications invited for Regional Arts Development Fund

2 November 2017 

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.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. The Queensland Government is contributing $2.08 million to the 2017-18 RADF partnership.

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.

Throughout previous years Council’s RADF grants have included exciting and diverse projects such as street art, workshops in pottery and fine furniture making, development of a heritage mapping concept, and participation of professional cultural artists and entertainers at festivals.

Southern Downs Portfolio Councillor and Chair of the RADF Reference Group, Rod Kelly said Council is pleased to see the immense appetite and enthusiasm for the Arts across the Southern Downs.

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

Council’s first RADF round will open for applications on Monday 6 November 2017. The closing date for applications is midnight, Friday 8 December 2017, and it is important for applicants to note that projects for which RADF grant funds are sought must not start before 29 January 2018.

This year applications will need to be made online via SmartyGrants. The link to the RADF application form and program guidelines is available on Council’s website

For further information, please contact Council’s RADF Liaison Officer, Zoë Dunlop, on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

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