Regional Arts Development Fund

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and eligible local councils across the state. RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. RADF invests in local arts and cultural priorities, as determined by local communities, across Queensland.

Each year we lodge a bid to Arts Queensland for an allocation of RADF funding. The allocation received is combined with our own contribution plus any surplus funds rolled over from previous years. This gives us our annual RADF Budget which is then made available to the community through published funding rounds.

The RADF Committee meets to consider the applications and recommend funding to us. The committee is provided with copies of applications to consider prior to meeting.

What is a RADF Committee?

A RADF Committee is a group of informed representatives that reflects the diverse arts, cultural and geography of the Townsville area. Each member of the committee has a responsibility to provide advice and information in their area of expertise.

Roles and Responsibilities

Committee members will:

  • Undertake assessment of RADF grant applications and make recommendations to Council regarding funding RADF grant applicants
  • Engage with the Townsville Arts and Cultural Community and provide advice to Council on funding priorities and outcomes for the yearly RADF grants application to Arts Queensland
  • Promote the RADF grants program within the community, including rural communities within the Townsville City Council local government area
  • Engage key target groups such as young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,  people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and other groups that may be determined from time-to-time by Council, and
  • Provide Council and/or the committee with advice and feedback about community needs and issues that may impact on RADF funding demands

What length term do RADF Committee Members serve?

Members of the Group will be appointed for a two year term.

Members may re-nominate for membership at the end of the term.

There is no maximum number of terms able to be served on the Committee, however, the assessment and selection process will take the number of terms served into consideration to ensure equity of opportunity to represent the arts and culture community.

Who can be a RADF Committee Member?

Local artists, arts and cultural workers, members of cultural groups, local organisations or associations and people active within the arts community are eligible to be a member of the committee. Council staff and the RADF Committee Chair oversee new committee appointments.

For any enquiries please contact a Grants and Sponsorship Officer on 13 48 10 or email