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Regional Arts Development Fund

Regional Arts Development Fund

If you're a local artist, creative business or organisation, grants are available to bring your big ideas to life through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). Projects supported through RADF are bold, collaborative and fuel the cultural charge that’s happening on the Gold Coast.

In 2016-17, RADF is comprised of three programs - GERMINATE, ACTIVATE and GENERATE. It is recommended that all applicants make contact with the City's RADF Liaison Officer to discuss their application prior to submission. 

GERMINATE – Applications closed.
A new round of Germinate funding may be available in mid to late October. Please keep checking this webpage for updates.

GERMINATE – Applications closed.


GERMINATE is administered across three funding streams:

  • GERMINATE: Explore
    • Individuals and organisations/collectives may apply for up to $5000 per application for the early and/or developmental stages of; new work including experimental, community based and interdisciplinary activity; pilot programs; exploration of new audiences and presentation models. Work in this category may be transitional or experimental in nature and where applicable applicants are encouraged to explore new and unlikely partnerships, for example, art/science, art/sport, art/commerce.
  • GERMINATE: Connect
    • Organisations/collectives may apply for up to $5000 per application for activities such as community and sector connector events, professional development programs and strategic planning. Funding will support activity that is over and above core business and provides genuine opportunity for capacity building through experience. Successful applications will evidence the potential for opportunities to collaborate, share and disseminate information; identify the needs of, and up-skill, members/participants; and enhance connectedness through establishment of new and/or stronger relationships with members, stakeholders and partners.
  • GERMINATE: Professional
    • Emerging individual practitioners and cultural leaders may apply for up to $2500 per application to participate in professional activity that will enhance skills and develop new relationships with peers and mentors. Supported activity may include participation in exhibitions/productions, short courses, workshops, symposiums, job shadowing and mentorships. Opportunities for intercultural and intergenerational professional exchange are encouraged.


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.

How to apply

  1. Read the GERMINATE Program guidelines and application form.
  2. Apply online. Note: if you are unable to apply online please let us know, and we will provide you with a copy of the application form in Word document format.

ACTIVATE – Applications closed.


The ACTIVATE Program provides support for Gold Coast creatives, organisations/collectives and community to deliver diverse and enterprising projects and programs that align to the Culture Strategy 2023, clearly articulate ideas, partnerships and outcomes and display a clear connection to the Gold Coast. Central to the program are the criteria of artistic excellence, community benefit, collaboration, partnerships, sustainability and innovation.

Application to ACTIVATE is a two stage process.

  • Stage One: Applicants submit a short two page proposal online outlining their idea, how it aligns to the objectives of the Culture Strategy 2023 and a high-level budget. All eligible applicants then meet with members of the RADF Committee to discuss their application in more detail and ‘pitch’ their idea. The Committee will shortlist and invite selected applicants to progress to Stage Two.
  • Stage Two: Shortlisted applicants are invited to submit online a more detailed project plan, timeline, budget, and supporting material. This stage of the assessment focusses on clearly articulating the vision, impact and objectives of the project and evidencing the applicants’ capacity to deliver.


ACTIVATE is offered through two competitive funding rounds annually. Round One now closed. Round two is open for applications on 5 May 2017 to closing date 2 June 2017. Applicants will receive notification of the outcome approximately 11 weeks from the date of submission.

How to apply

  1. Read the ACTIVATE program guidelines and review the application form.
  2. Apply online. Note: if you are unable to apply online please let us know, and we will provide you with a copy of the application form in Word document format.

GENERATE – Applications closed.

Developed in consultation with the creative leads for the GC2018 Arts and Cultural Program and the Office for Commonwealth Games, this three stage initiative is a generator, producer, ideas exchange, interdisciplinary and 100 per cent Gold Coast creative platform for the development of content and new work for the GC2018 Arts and Cultural Program.

Check for a program update.

What is the Regional Arts Development Fund?

RADF is an annual strategic partnership between Arts Queensland and 59 local governments to support quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland. RADF invests in local arts and cultural activities, as determined by local priorities promoting the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as the key drivers of diverse, inclusive and strong regions.

RADF provides project-based financial assistance to support:

  • professional development and employment of artists and cultural workers in regional Queensland
  • community cultural development activities.

Take a look at our Culture Strategy 2023 to help spark some ideas or see how your current ideas might support one or all four of the strategic outcomes in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Cultural Precinct.

Regional Arts Development Fund Committee 2016-17

The Gold Coast City RADF Committee assesses individual RADF applications and ensures that funding allocated is in line with the RADF principles, eligibility criteria, and the City's cultural plans and policies.

In keeping with industry standard best practice, the RADF Committee was extended from six assessors to 12 through a public Expression of Interest (EOI) process in July 2015. This resulted in improved expert feedback and a reduction in perceived conflicts of interest.

As outlined in the table below, the current Committee is comprised of creative industry professionals across multiple art forms and areas of expertise. The Committee is also joined by a City of Gold Coast Senior Procurement Specialist to observe meeting process, offer advice where required and ensure probity.

Committee members

Member Position
Michael McCartney Music
Gavin Webber Dance
Jan McCormick Festivals
Libby Harward Visual Arts
Brad Rush Theatre
Sally Breen Writing – Acting Chair
Charlene Morris Visual Arts
Jeff Licence Film – Acting Chair
Chris Bennie Visual Arts
Adam Jefford Design
Nasrin Vaziri Visual Arts

Key information

For further information please contact:

Vanessa Thompson
RADF Liaison Officer
Phone: 07 5581 7140 or

RADF Forms and applications

View RADF 2016-17 resources and forms which include programs, initiatives, guidelines and application forms.

Related information

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