Regional Arts Development Fund

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

RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. RADF invests in local arts and cultural priorities as determined by local communities.

Owen AndersonSucessful RADF Applicant Owen Anderson at McGregor Art School


Individual Professional Development Grants

Objective: To nurture the creative and talented individuals in the Banana Shire and encourage growth in their practice.

These grants are to support individual professional and emerging artists or arts and cultural workers living in the Banana Shire to undertake professional development activities located within Australia. These activities will support the participant to grow and excel in their chosen field of practice.

Activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Attendance to professional development seminars, conferences, master classes or workshops
  • Mentorships or organised activities with industry professionals
  • Placements with recognised arts and cultural organisations
  • Travel, accommodation and associated costs with attending your activity
Grant Amount:
  • $500 or
  • $1000
2023 Application Due Dates:
  • 13 March
  • 10 April
  • 8 May
  • 12 June
  • 10 July

Applications are due by 9am on the due date. Please allow 6-8 weeks approval process.

Individual Professional Development Grant Documents

Community Project Grants

Banana Shire RADF Funding categories are based on the Banana Shire Local Arts and Culture Priorities 2018-20, established through community feedback. If your project does not align strongly with these categories, consider how you could tailor its delivery, or contact the RADF Liaison Officer (RLO) for more information about other funding opportunities.

1. Events and Festivals

Objective: For the provision of arts and culture activity within local events and festivals

2. Performances and Productions

Objective: To provide creative performances and productions to Banana Shire communities

3. Skills Development

Objective: Strengthen the local arts and cultural community and ecnourage growth and participation through providion of skills development opportunities. With particular focus on new and emerging artists and cultural workers.

4. Creative Generation

Objective: Foster a new generation and build a community that values and participates in arts and culture regularly by providing activities that cater for children and young people.

Grant Amount:
  • up to $3000 (or $5000 for significant projects involving multiple communities)

2023 Application Due Dates:
  • 13 March
  • 8 May
  • 10 July

Applications are due by 9am on the due date.

Important Information

  • In the event that funding is expended there may be less funding rounds offered
  • Applicants should allow up to 8 weeks for the funding application approval process. Please consider this is planning the start date of projects and activities.

RADF Community Project Grant Documents

RADF Assessment Panel

RADF Grants are assessed by a panel of community members and Banana Shire Councillors. Their assessments are collated by Banana Shire Council staff and a recommendation is prepared for Council approval. The Banana Shire Council invites community members to join the RADF Assessment Panel, contact us if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity.

More Information

RADF Liaison Officer (RLO) Venkata Peteti

Banana Shire Council
PO Box 412

Phone (07) 4992 9500
In Person

Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery
62 Valentine Plains Road
To ensure availability call or email to make an appointment

Arts & Culture News

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RADF Outcome Reports & Program Documents

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