The Stanthorpe pottery club was one group that benefitted from the Regional Arts Development Fund last year.
The Stanthorpe pottery club was one group that benefitted from the Regional Arts Development Fund last year. Contributed

Regional arts funding returns

INNOVATIVE and creative projects within the Southern Downs region will come alive as part of one of the State's most active arts programs, the Regional Arts Development Fund.

RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The council was successful in receiving $55,000 from the State Government, which will be combined with a council contribution of $45,000 for this financial year.

Previously, council RADF grants have included such projects as street art projects, the creation of a book on the personal experiences of two local Second World War heroes, professional cultural artists and entertainers working at a multicultural carnival, and photography workshops.

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the RADF delivered on the Queensland Government commitment to foster diverse and inclusive communities, grow strong regions and provide training, education, and employment opportunities.

"This funding promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of inclusive communities and strong regions and ensures Queenslanders can engage with arts locally,” Ms Palasczuk said.

The first RADF round will open for applications on Monday, January 16, and will close Friday, February 10, at 5pm.

Projects for which grants are sought must not start before Monday, March 27.

The RADF application package and program guidelines will be available on the council website from Friday, January 13.

For information, contact RADF liaison officer, Zoe Dunlop, on 1300697372.

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