Funding Boosts On Offer For Art And Cultural Projects

Arts and cultural enthusiasts are invited to apply for a share in grant funding to aid their creative projects.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Major Round Two and the City of the Arts Hero Project are now open, offering assistance to support local artists.

Facilitated by the collaborative efforts of the Queensland Government and Cairns Regional Council, the RADF initiative strives to enrich the regional arts and culture landscape of Queensland.

Since its inception within Council, RADF has been instrumental in launching over 450 local initiatives.

The RADF grant offers funding of up to $10,000 per project.

The City of the Arts Hero Project is for one large scale, high-calibre project offering up to $25,000 for the selected project.

Annually, RADF initiatives captivate over 500,000 individuals across Queensland, spanning public art showcases, community events and cultural workshops.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Government’s successful, long-term partnership with local governments through RADF supports the delivery of hundreds of arts experiences, employment opportunities and capacity building for arts and cultural workers across the state.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen local communities and drive economic outcomes through arts and culture, the Queensland Government has provided $2.184 million for RADF 2023-24 to 59 local councils who have contributed a co-investment of $1.979 million,” Minister Enoch said.

“The Queensland Government’s Creative Together 2020-2030 roadmap prioritises activation of Queensland’s places and spaces and arts engagement that drives positive change for Queensland communities. Projects funded through RADF support communities to share stories and creativity, provide important pathways for learning and connection, and boost local creative economies and tourism.”

For eligibility, projects should display professional excellence and add to the dynamic tapestry of arts in the Cairns region.

Applications for Major Round Two close at 11.59pm on Friday 10 May 2024.

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