18 November 2022
The Southern Downs’ vibrant arts and cultural scene is set to benefit from a $109,832 boost, with the opening of the latest Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) round.
Southern Downs Regional Council has continued its collaborative partnership with the Queensland Government and is inviting local artists and creative organisations to apply for funding to pursue projects that support arts and culture experience across the region.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said as part of this successful, long-term collaboration, the Queensland Government will provide $2.13 million for RADF 2022–2023 to a total of 59 local councils, who will contribute a co-investment amount of over $1.9 million.
“Established in 1991, RADF is a long-standing success story between the Queensland Government and regional councils, enabling local artists and arts workers to tell their rich and unique stories, boosting regional employment opportunities and other positive economic outcomes,” Minister Enoch said.
“For 31 years, RADF has provided a legacy of creating new art and cultural experiences for Queensland audiences and communities, and a platform for professional development and growth across the regional arts sector.”
Southern Downs Councillor Marco Gliori said the funding program offered a prime opportunity for community groups to bring ideas to life.
“Arts and culture greatly contribute to the vibrancy and liveability of our region,” Councillor Gliori said.
“The Southern Downs is well renowned for its thriving and diverse arts scene and our reputation as a creative hub makes our region a much-sought after destination within the creative circles.
“Through previous RADF programs, many exciting projects have been brought to life that have enhanced the strong sense of community on the Southern Downs.
“From street art to heritage projects, workshops to cultural artists and entertainers, these projects were all given life through RADF funding.
“I strongly encourage emerging and established artists to review the program’s guidelines and consider how they can apply to utilise funds to bring a creative endeavour to fruition.”
The application form and guidelines are available on Council’s website at RADF - Southern Downs Regional Council (sdrc.qld.gov.au).
The new grant round is funded with $39,500 from the Queensland Government, together with Council’s contribution of $50,000 and rolled over funds from last year’s program.
The closing date for applications is midnight, Monday 31 July 2023, and projects must not start before 16 December 2022 and must be completed by 31 December 2023.
For further information, please contact Council’s Acting Grants Officer Alexis Doyle on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).
Last edited date 18 Nov 2022