Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council RADF Committee will be held at 4pm on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 in the upstairs foyer of the Shire Hall, 70 Rankin Street, Innisfail.

Professional and personal development opportunities are available to RADF Committee Members, individuals and organisational representatives who can set sufficient time aside to attend assessment meetings and training are encouraged to nominate for positions on the RADF Committee for a 2 year term (2017/18).

Nominate now to be a RADF Committee Member

Nominations are now open to be on the new RADF Committee.  Click here for further information and the Nomination Form.  For further information please contact Kath Barnett on 40302255 or

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between state and local governments which invests in quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland based on locally-determined priorities.

RADF 2016-17 promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers to support diversity and inclusivity; grow strong regions; and provide training, education and employment opportunities for Queensland artists and local communities.

Councils deliver locally-tailored RADF programs based on the identified priorities, opportunities and capacities of their local communities.  This means that what RADF delivers may appear to be different in different localities as it responds to the aspirations of local communities and the ways they work.

What can I apply for?

Quick Response Grants
Projects requesting funding under $2,000 can apply for a Quick Response Grant.  These are available all year round or until all funding has been allocated.  Please contact the RADF Liaison Officer email: to first discuss your project and then be forwarded an application form.

Community Grants
Projects requesting funding over $2,000 can apply for a RADF Community Grant, with two funding grounds held each year as advertised.  These applications must be submitted through the LG Tender Box Portal.

Round Two RADF 2016-17 OPEN NOW

Funding exists for innovative and collaborative arts projects that create a vibrant and interactive arts sector in the Cassowary Coast region. 

Please be aware that all applications are to be submitted on LG Tender Box, Council's online RADF application portal

Steps to Access the RADF Application Form on LG Tenderbox:

New applicants need to register. Those who registered previously only need to log-in with previous user name and password.

To find the RADF document use the "Search" field in the top right-hand-corner. Type in "RADF".

To download application form, click on the green "Download Now" title on the LG Tenderbox page. Here is an exanmple of what you will see on the page:

• When completed final application, upload back into Tender Box to submit to Council
• Successful uploads are confirmed by email.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application needs to be resubmitted.

Closing: 5pm, Friday 14 April 2017
For projects commencing after: 29 May 2017

For the best opportunity to secure funding please contact Kath Barnett, RADF Liaison Officer on 4030 2255 prior to submitting your application.

What are the RADF 2016-17 objectives?

RADF 2016-17 objectives are to:

1. Provide public value for Queensland communities
2. Build local cultural capacity, cultural innovation and community pride
3. Deliver the Queensland Government’s objectives for the community

RADF 2016-17 Key Performance Outcomes (KPOs)

All project managers receiving RADF 2016-17 funding are required to report on their contribution using RADF 2016-17 Key Performance Outcomes (KPOs).


  • RADF invests in a diversity of local arts and cultural projects
  • RADF engages local communities in arts and cultural activities
  • RADF supports local employment and strengthening the local arts sector


  • RADF supports quality arts and cultural initiatives based on local priorities
  • Local communities value RADF


  • RADF supports engagement with new and diverse artists, audiences and communities
  • RADF contributes to diversity and inclusive communities; growing strong regions; and providing training, education and employment


  • RADF builds strong partnerships between arts and non-arts sectors
  • RADF leverages additional investment
  • RADF funding is used effectively and appropriately

Priorities for RADF funding

Council has developed an Arts and Cultural Plan. During community consultation while developing this plan, a series of priorities were identified:

  • The celebration of local stories
  • Audience development
  • Increased engagement of young people in the arts and cultural sector
  • Professional development for artists and arts workers
  • Business and marketing development for professional artists working in creative industries
  • The celebration, maintenance and transfer of traditional knowledge in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • The protection and promotion of local sites of architectural, historical and cultural significance
  • The brokering of sponsorships and partnerships in making funding applications
  • Strengthening our cultural tourism

The two priorities for the 2016-2017 year are:

  • Audience development
  • The celebration, maintenance and transfer of traditional knowledge in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

What are the acknowledgment, reporting and acquittal processes for RADF 2016-17?

All project managers of RADF 2016-17-funded activities need to complete a Project Outcome Report. The Project Outcome Report includes information about the success of your project, the budget and support material. The report needs to be submitted to Cassowary Coast Regional Council within 8 weeks of the project's completion.

Project Outcome Report - Public Project and Activities
Project Outcome Report - for Professional/Career Development Activities

RADF 2016-17-funded activities must acknowledge the Queensland Government and the Cassowary Coast Regional Council in all promotional material, publications and products. The Cassowary Coast Regional Council will supply RADF 2016-17 acknowledgment text and logos.

For further information, contact RADF Liaison Officer Kath Barnett on 07 4030 2255, or email:

For information on other Arts Queensland programs and opportunities please visit

Cassowary Coast Regional Council RADF Committee 2014-2017

Marcelle McKenna (Chair)
Ross Crear
Paul Thomson
Geoff Moffatt
Cr Glenn Raleigh

Find out more about each of our RADF committee members

Forms and Factsheets

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Cassowary Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.