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Regional Arts Development Fund

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a competitively assessed grants program supporting arts and cultural projects of all kinds, and artists and arts and cultural workers at all career stages. RADF is delivered by City of Gold Coast in partnership with Arts Queensland. There are three RADF funding categories.

Activate Arts

Activate Arts supports arts and culture based activities that have a clear connection to the Gold Coast and deliver artistic excellence, community benefit, collaboration, sustainability and innovation. Apply for up to $15,000.

Activate Music

Activate Music supports the Gold Coast contemporary music sector to create new music and develop audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

Activate Small Grants

Activate Small Grants supports individuals, organisations and collectives seeking smaller levels of funding for arts and culture based activity. Apply for up to $5,000.

Key dates

Activate Arts and Activate Music: Round One

  • Applications close:16 November 2020
  • Interview:9 December 2020 (Activate Arts only)
  • Notification:January 2021

Activate Arts and Activate Music: Round Two

  • Applications close:8 March 2021
  • Interview:7 April 2021 (Activate Arts only)
  • Notification:May 2021

Activate Small Grants: Rolling Rounds

Apply anytime. This program is open year round until funds are expended. Note: your application must be received at least eight weeks prior to your activity start date.

Apply now

For more information on who can apply, the eligibility and assessment criteria, and how to submit your application – read the key documents including the Guidelines, Important Information for Applicants – FAQ and sample application forms.

Apply now via SmartyGrants

You are encouraged to contact the Arts and Culture team to discuss your project before applying. Please contact the RADF Liaison Officer  on 07 5581 6075 or email

RADF Forms and applications

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

Proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Government

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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