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Regional Arts Development Fund

Regional Arts Development Fund

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered by the City of Gold Coast in partnership with Arts Queensland. The objective of RADF is to promote the role and value of the arts and culture in communities by investing in local arts and culture initiatives.

On the Gold Coast, RADF supports projects and programs, across all art forms, which provide public value to our communities, and build local cultural capacity, innovation and community pride. The funding programs offered under RADF are designed to meet the objectives of the Culture Strategy 2023.

RADF Applications are assessed by the RADF Committee, an independent panel comprised of Gold Coast creative industry professionals across multiple art forms and areas of expertise. The RADF Committee ensures that RADF funding is allocated in line with the City’s cultural plans and policies, and the RADF criteria relating to quality, reach, impact and viability.

The RADF does not provide organisational or operational funding.

We strongly advise prospective applicants to read the key documents, including the RADF FAQs, before starting their application.

All RADF applications are managed via City of Gold Coast SmartyGrants.

ACTIVATE - Annual arts grants

Activate supports Gold Coast creatives, organisations, collectives and the community to deliver diverse and innovative arts and culture projects and programs.

Who can apply?

  • Individuals
  • Organisations, companies, partnerships and collectives
  • All applicants must be Gold Coast residents.

Funding available

The Arts Grants Program has $75,000 available; there is no cap on the amount that can be requested in a funding round. The program will not support 100 per cent of the expenditure for any project.

Key dates

  • Round opens: 3 May 2019
  • Applications due: 31 May 2019
  • Interview: 20 June 2019
  • Final notifications: 19 July 2019

Activate is a two-stage application process. Applicants are required to attend an interview with RADF committee members as part of the submission process. The program runs for approximately 11 weeks, from the opening of the round, to the final notifications to applicants.

More information

Dan Carroll
Senior Arts and Culture Project Officer / RADF Liaison Officer
Phone: 07 5581 6075 or
Email dcarroll@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Key documents

Read the ACTIVATE program guidelines and review the application form.

Apply online via City of Gold Coast SmartyGrants.

ACTIVATE MUSIC – Annual music grants

Who can apply?

  • Music practitioners from all genres and career stages.
  • Music industry professionals including managers, publicists, booking agents and related support industries.
  • All applicants must be Gold Coast residents.

Funding available

The Contemporary Music Grants Program has $100,000 available annually. There is no cap on the amount that can be requested in a funding round. The program will not support 100 per cent of the expenditure for any project.

Key dates

  • Round opens: 3 May 2019
  • Applications due: 31 May 2019
  • Notifications: early July 2019

More information

Dan Carroll
Senior Arts and Culture Project Officer / RADF Liaison Officer
Phone: 07 5581 6075 or
Email dcarroll@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Key documents

Read the ACTIVATE MUSIC program guidelines and review the application form.

Apply online via City of Gold Coast SmartyGrants.

GERMINATE – Quick response grants

Germinate supports Gold Coast creatives, organisations, collectives and the community in the early stage development of new work, professional development, and collaborations.

Who can apply?

  • Individuals
  • Organisations, companies, partnerships and collectives
  • All applicants must have a significant connection to the Gold Coast.

Funding available

There is a $5000 cap on the amount that can be requested in an application. The program will not support 100 per cent of the expenditure for any project or activity. Germinate is a rolling fund with applications accepted at any time. Applicants will receive notification of the outcome within six weeks from the date of submission.

More information

Dan Carroll
Senior Arts and Culture Project Officer / RADF Liaison Officer
Phone: 07 5581 6075 or
Email dcarroll@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Key documents

Read the GERMINATE program guidelines and review the application form.

Apply online via City of Gold Coast SmartyGrants.

RADF Forms and applications

View RADF resources and forms which include programs, initiatives, guidelines and application forms.

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