Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) provides funding for projects that promote and develop arts, culture and heritage in the Townsville Region.

It is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Townsville City Council.

RADF is a unique partnership between the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council to support local talent, unite communities and celebrate the arts 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.

If you are a local artist, organisation or creative business, grants are available to bring your ideas to life through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Funding Rounds

Round One

Applications for the first round of RADF Grant funding in 2023/2024 are now closed.

Round Two

Applications for the second round of RADF funding in 2023/2024 will:

  • Open – Sunday 28 January 2024
  • Close – Sunday 25 February 2024 - 11:59pm

Funding available

  • Applications for over $1,000 and up to $10,000 per application are invited.
  • You can only receive one (1) grant from RADF per financial year.


To be eligible to apply, applicants can be:

  • an individual professional artist, emerging professional artist, arts worker, cultural worker or project coordinator who holds an Australian Business Number (ABN) or will be auspiced by a not-for-profit, properly constituted incorporated body or individual with an ABN, or;
  • a not-for-profit*, properly constituted incorporated body or be auspiced by such a body which is able to accept legal and financial responsibility for the project.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • be based in the Townsville City Council Local Government area, or if based outside the council area, then be able to demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the council area;
  • be free of debt to Townsville City Council and have no outstanding acquittals from previous Townsville City Council grant applications;
  • hold, or have an auspicing organisation with, public liability insurance to the value of ten million dollars per claim; or occurrence giving rise to a claim; and
  • be able to demonstrate how the project will meet a local demand or need within the Townsville community.

Applicants must ensure that Initiatives they are requesting funding for are to commence after Thursday 16 May 2024 for Round Two. Initiatives that commence prior to this date will be deemed ineligible.

Assessment Process

Eligible applications will be assessed by an Assessment Panel made up of members of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.
The RADF grant funding recommendations will be presented to the Community and Cultural Development Committee for review.  Final recommendations and decision making occurs at an Ordinary Council Meeting.

  • Round 2 – April Ordinary Council 2024 (24 April 2024 - TBC)

How to Apply

Please read the grant guidelines and assessment criteria help sheet prior to preparing your application.

The online application system allows you to save, develop and print out your application before you submit it.

Guidelines and Useful Forms

Acknowledging RADF and Arts Queensland Grants

RADF grant recipients must acknowledge the financial assistance provided by the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council by ensuring that all project materials include:

  • The Queensland Government Crest and Townsville City Council logos; and
  • The words ‘The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland’.

To make it easier for successful RADF applicants, the locked Queensland government and Townsville City Council logos can be downloaded below:

Contact Us

For further information contact Council's Grants and Partnerships Team on 13 48 10 or send an email.