Council endorses $60,000 in grants for local arts projects
  • Friday 22 April 2016
ImageMore than 20 local artists, creative arts workers and arts organisations received a financial boost today following Sunshine Coast Council’s endorsement of $62,395 in grants through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

This round of grant funding will support a range of artists from various sectors including musicians, ceramicists, writers, visual artists, singers and dancers, as well as concept development for a new-media light work for an arts festival. 

Creation of a digital music album with audio, video and photographic content, a presentation to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and the Inaugural Sunshine Coast Readers and Writers Festival are just some of the fantastic initiatives that will benefit. 

Arts and Heritage Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said it was an exciting time for the arts industry on the Coast.

“We’re fortunate to be such a creative, vibrant and talented regional community,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Providing funding to these professional artists through the RADF program is a smart way for us to support our amazing creative industries and further foster important developmental projects and careers.

“Establishment of the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board, which is currently underway, has tremendous potential to also help give focus to the RADF program, in addition to promoting and building the identity of the Sunshine Coast as an arts destination for tourism and industry, and aid in securing new investment in arts and cultural infrastructure.” 

The RADF program is open for applications all year round with assessment taking place over four funding periods during the year. 

The RADF program includes six funding categories:
  • Individual development
  • Mentorships
  • Concept development 
  • Major projects 
  • Seed funding (three years)
  • Interest-free loans.

To be considered in the next assessment period, applications must be submitted by June 1, 2016.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government is providing $2.08 million in 2015-16 for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a state and local government partnership with 59 local councils across Queensland.

“The $2.08 million will leverage approximately $1.8 million from local councils, and means an anticipated total of $3.9 million will be available for arts projects across the state,” the Premier said.

“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members, helping to ensure that Queenslanders can engage with arts in their local community.

“RADF supports arts, cultural and heritage projects throughout Queensland, ranging from local festivals and celebrations, to training, education and employment outcomes for Queensland artists.

“The revamped RADF program developed in consultation with local councils has opened the way for an expansion of the arts at a local level with public art commissions, access to touring productions and more training opportunities on offer,” she said.

For more information and to apply, visit council’s website or contact council's grants team on 5420 8616 and ask to speak with the RADF Liaison Officer.

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