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4 February, 2022

Applications invited for Regional Arts Development Fund

Innovative and creative projects within the Southern Downs region will come alive as part of one of Queensland’s most active arts programs, the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Cr. Marco Gliori

The State Government is investing $2.08 million through RADF in 2021-22, matched with a contribution of approximately $2.3 million from 59 councils across the state.

Southern Downs Region-al Council was successful in receiving $39,500 of funding from the Queensland

Government, which will be combined with a Council contribution of $50,000 to provide a total funding pool of $89,500 for this year’s RADF program.

Throughout previous years, Council’s RADF grants have included exciting and diverse projects such as street art, workshops to develop skills, heritage projects and participation of professional cultural artists and entertainers at festivals.

Southern Downs Coun-cillor and member of the RADF Reference Group Marco Gliori said the program continues to play an important part of place making across Southern Downs.

“Year on year, the applications for projects become more innovative and it is a testament to how powerful the arts scene is in place making,” he said.

“The arts are key to stitching together the cultural fabric within a community and I look forward to reading the applicants for this round.”

Council’s first RADF round recently opened with the closing date for applications, midnight Mon-day 14 February 2022. It is important for applicants to note that projects for which RADF grant funds are sought must not start before 24 March 2022 and must be completed by 31 January 2023.

Applications will need to be made online via SmartyGrants. The link to the RADF application form and program guidelines is available on Council’s website for this round.”

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