Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) provides funding to individuals and community organisations for projects that promote and develop arts, culture and heritage in the region.

RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Category Description Maximum funding When to apply in 2020
Developing creative skills For artists to further their career through skill development.
Guidelines(PDF, 388KB)

1 July - 10 August

Developing creative skills
(quick response)
Applications considered all year for unexpected career development opportunities.
Guidelines(PDF, 388KB)
$1,000 Apply now
Creative tourism Support for projects and activities that reflect the cultural vitality of the region.
Guidelines(PDF, 388KB)
$5,000 1 July - 10 August
Collections and stories To preserve local collections and/or collect and tell local stories.
Guidelines(PDF, 388KB)
$5,000 1 July - 10 August
Creative concept development Funding to research and develop creative project ideas up to implementation stage.
Guidelines(PDF, 388KB)
$5,000 1 July - 10 August 
Interest free arts loan To support delivery of income producing arts and cultural events that celebrate the cultural vitality of the Moreton Bay Region.
Guidelines(PDF, 388KB)
$15,000 1 July - 10 August

Funding rounds - when can I apply?

  Opening date Closing date Notification Project start date
Round 1 1 February 10 March May 1 June
Round 2 1 July 10 August October 1 November
Developing creative skills
(quick response)
Open all year Open all year 2 - 4 weeks from applying Minimum 4 weeks from applying

Note: Dates after 1 July 2020 and all 2020-21 program guidelines to be confirmed by mid-June 2020.

Who can apply

Organisations, Groups and individuals can apply.

Organisations and Groups:

  • must be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation or a company limited by guarantee that has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a charity, tax exempt fund or deductible gift recipient.
  • have $20 million public liability insurance
  • have no outstanding Moreton Bay Regional Council grant acquittals
  • have no outstanding debt to Moreton Bay Regional Council.


  • must be either an Established Artist or Emerging Artist, see guidelines for definition
  • must be based in the Moreton Bay Region, or able to demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture within the region
  • be permanent residents or Australian citizens
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have adequate public liability insurance.

Unincorporated community groups and individuals that do not have an ABN may apply through an auspice:

  • an auspice is a separate legal entity that takes responsibility for the financial management of the grant
  • an auspice may also provide additional services such as insurance for the funded project and mentoring for the auspiced group
  • auspicing organisations may charge a fee for their services.

For more information about auspicing visit the Not for profit law website

Refer to the relevant guidelines for applicant eligibility requirements.

How to apply

Applications must be made online through SmartyGrants, while the grant round is open.

You can apply by clicking the Apply now button when displayed in the Regional Arts and Development Fund table above.

Supporting documentation

Depending on the grant category for which you are applying, you may need:

  • resumes
  • support letters
  • quotes
  • confirmation letters from arts workers involved
  • any additional materials pertaining to the applicable category.

Check the relevant guidelines for further information.

Assessment and notification

Applications progress through the following stages:

  1. Pre-eligibility check
  2. Assessment
  3. Council endorsement
  4. Applicants notified

Notification periods vary depending on the grant category. Refer to the guidelines for more information.

Contact Council

For more information, or before you commence your application, contact Council or email