Regional Arts Development Fund

The Mackay Regional Council

Relevent Country: Australia

The Mackay Regional Council has announced Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and eligible local councils across the state.

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, across Queensland. RADF is a flexible fund, enabling local councils to tailor RADF programs to suit the needs of their community.

RADF will only fund up to 65% of the total expenditure in any one application unless otherwise specified.

Objectives

RADF 2022-2023 objectives are to support arts and cultural activities that:

  • Provide public value for Queensland communities.
  • Build local cultural capacity, cultural innovation and community pride.
  • Deliver the Queensland Government’s objectives for the community.

Priorities

  • Local Content / Local Product: Valuing its local arts and cultural resources. RADF will support activities/projects that sustain the development of locally driven content and cultural tourism products for local events.
  • Community Resilience: Using the arts as a tool for positive social impact. RADF will support applications from individuals, groups and organisations delivering community arts processes in response to identified community need relating to the impact of natural disasters and Covid 19.
  • Placemaking: Being creative in the community, supporting creative activity in public spaces. RADF will support activities/projects that assist its community to engage with, activate and/ or transform local spaces and places in a way that highlights a locality’s unique identity and/or biodiversity, and strengthens the relationship with the environment.
  • Arts and Health: Improving health and wellbeing through the arts. RADF will support activities/projects that can improve the health and wellbeing of people within the community who are living with disability.
  • Lifelong Learning: Supporting processes that build on opportunities for growth. RADF will support activities/projects that provide opportunities for learning, career development and growth.
  • Telling Our Stories: Collecting and presenting community stories. RADF will support activities/projects that explore the diversity of the community and the possibilities around how the Council collects and present stories from its community.
  • Priorities for 2022/23 align with the five key objectives from Mackay Regional Council’s Arts and Cultural Plan – Celebrate Connect Inspire:

Vibrant spaces and places.

  • Celebrate our diversity and enhance community pride.
  • Encourage partnerships and collaboration.
  • Lifelong learning.
  • Enhance advocacy and promotion.

Funding Categories

There are seven categories of funding available for individuals, groups, organisations and council:

Professional development.

  • This category is open to individuals to access financial support to participate in activities that build on their chosen arts practice and arts organisations/ groups to engage professional development opportunities to a group of people locally.

Projects and programs.

  • This category is open to individuals, groups and organisations where outcomes of their activities have a broader reach within the community.

Community wellbeing.

  • This category is open to individuals, groups and organisations proposing accessible and inclusive arts and cultural activities where artists and communities work together to create specific outcomes that build community resilience and wellbeing within marginalised or minority groups.

Projects may have a focus in the following areas:

  • Health and wellness
  • Social justice
  • Social inclusion and belonging

Mackay pride Projects should have a target participants/ audience including:

  • Aging population
  • Youth
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • People with Indigenous heritage
  • Australian South Sea Islander people
  • People living with disability

Concept development.

  • The development of arts and cultural ideas and project proposals to the implementation stage.
  • Objective — to develop arts and cultural research ideas and project proposals to the implementation stage and identify funding sources outside of RADF to implement project proposals.

Young people.

  • A continued partnership between RADF and Mackay Regional Council Youth Development Team. This category is open to individuals who are aged between 12-21 years.

Goals:

  • Support young people to pursue creative career pathways.
  • Offer industry linkages through a mentoring process.
  • Enable participants to engage in activities to gain experience within their identified area/s of interest by incorporating industry specific learning opportunities.
  • Projects and programs run by young people for young people.
  • Resilience (offered only when need arises).

Considerations :

  • Assistance is available for up to 65% of the total costs for registration, accommodation and travel to a maximum of $1000 for activities in Queensland, $2000 for activities in other states.

Eligibility Criteria

The following categories of individuals and organisations can apply for a RADF grant:

  • Individual professional artists, emerging professional artists, arts workers, cultural workers or project coordinators who:
  • Are based in the Mackay Regional Council area, or if based outside the council area are able to demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the council area;
  • Are permanent residents or Australian citizens;
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or who will be auspiced by an incorporated organisation or individual with an ABN.
  • Incorporated arts and cultural organisations based in the council area, or those based outside the council area that are able to demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the council area.
  • Unincorporated organisations, auspiced by an incorporated body, that are based in the council area, or those based outside the council area that are able to demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the council area.

Source: https://www.mackay.qld.gov.au/community/grants/regional_arts_development_fund