Immanuel Lutheran Art Festival
RADF Guidelines
  • Last updated:
  • 16 Feb 2017

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

RADF 2016/17 priorities

The 2016/17 goals and priorities for the Sunshine Coast RADF program are:

  • Building local creative leadership
  • Celebrating our local artists
  • Building engagement with our local community through arts and culture.

RADF is not intended to be used for:

  • the purchase of capital items
  • operational expenses
  • the main income source for any professional artist or arts worker.

The RADF guidelines[177KB] should be read in conjunction with council's Cultural Development Policy[87KB].

Objectives & assessment criteria

RADF will fund individuals and groups for new and established creative projects that clearly establish a community need and benefit.

Applications are assessed by their ability to meet one or more of the following objectives.

  • Project supports locally determined arts and cultural priorities.
  • Project supports local artists and arts and cultural activity.
  • Provides opportunities for local communities to participate in arts and cultural activities.
  • Supports artists to develop and practice their creative endeavours.
  • Engages local communities.
  • Builds the capacity of local artists.
  • Builds existing partnerships and develops new partnerships.
  • Supports individual professional development opportunities.

Who can apply for RADF funding


RADF funds are aimed at the development of emerging and professional artists and creative arts workers. Individuals and businesses can apply.

Applicants must:

  • reside or be based in the local council area, or if based outside the local council area be able to demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the local council area
  • be permanent residents or Australian citizens.

Who cannot apply

Applications cannot be made by:

  • government agencies or departments of state or federal government
  • educational, religious or medical organisations, where the application is for the organisation’s core business.

Applicants must:

  • discuss their idea / project with the RADF Liaison officer
  • follow the application process as outlined below
  • have appropriate insurance and adhere to sound workplace health and safety practices
  • be able to demonstrate viability
  • have met acquittal conditions for previous council grants.

Funds are not available for projects that:

  • begin before the date specified on the application
  • include entertainment for events without a specific developmental outcome for artists
  • are to fund a competition, a prize or an eisteddfod
  • provide majority funding for publishing and/or printing costs
  • are craft workshops
  • seek costs of purchase of capital items, e.g. equipment, buildings or vehicles
  • seek ongoing operational expenses.


Before applying you must read the RADF applicant guidelines[177KB] to ensure:

  • you and your project meet the eligibility criteria
  • you are applying to the correct category
  • you understand the principles of the program and what support material is required.

 Application and Assessment Process

  1. Speak to the RADF Liaison Officer about your project (compulsory)
  2. Complete an expression of interest online – less than one page of text or one minute of video
  3. Application is reviewed by RADF Committee
  4. RADF Committee member/s may invite you to meet to further discuss the project
  5. If your project proposal is accepted, begin full application process online which will include:
  • a written application (compulsory)
  • a video presentation (optional) or
  • a public pitch (optional).

Please note: Applicants may also be encouraged to participate in a crowd funding campaign, sponsorship pitch or similar process before application is assessed.

Application Requirements

RADF on the Sunshine Coast will fund great projects rather than great applications. Successful applications will align with the program’s objectives. They will be simple, short and include honest and clearly articulated information regarding:

  • the benefit to you as an artist or creative worker / organisation
  • the benefit to the region in terms of arts and culture
  • the exact project e.g. start and finish dates, goals, expected outcomes
  • the confirmed support of other artists, workers, organisations, businesses and those that benefit from the project
  • the exact costs and anticipated income.

Key Dates

RADF expression of interest (EOIs) and applications are open year-round and can be submitted at any time.

For administrative purposes, the RADF program is divided into four rounds per year.

Assessments will be conducted in June, September, December and March.


All RADF grant applications are completed online. A link to the online application form will be provided by the RADF Liaison Officer. Council does not guarantee that your application will be successful.

Support and more information

You must contact the RADF Liaison Officer to discuss your proposal. Contact council's grants team on (07) 5420 8616 and ask for the RADF Liaison Officer, or email

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