Applications Open for Council RADF Grants

RADF Round 2 2020
Mount Isa Regional Arts Development Fund Committee Chair and Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick with Arts on Alma President Deanne Ivers and Mayor Joyce McCulloch at Arts on Alma, which is a previous recipient of a Council RADF grant.

Published: 17th February 2020

Mount Isa arts groups of every persuasion are encouraged to apply for a grant from Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund, with Round 2 opening on Monday February 17.

Applications will be accepted for a month, until Wednesday March 18, 2020, for projects and initiatives beginning after March 19, 2020.

A RADF grant can cover up to 65 percent of the costs of an arts or cultural project and is ideal for upskilling members of existing arts organisations or supporting up-and-coming artists.

Mount Isa Regional Arts Development Fund Committee Chair and Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick said it’s not just the costs of visual arts projects such as painting and sculpture that RADF can help to fund – it also extends to performing arts, such as dancing and music, and even poetry, writing, photography and filmmaking, as well as cultural connections.

“A RADF grant can help build the skills of the members of your arts group,” Cr Barwick said.

“For example, it can help bring skilled teachers from other areas out here, to share their knowledge and skill sets with local artists and thus provide the same sort of opportunities and benefits that people have elsewhere.

“For instance, maybe a photography group would like to bring a photography expert out here to teach them how to take more professional photos – that would qualify for a RADF grant.

“There is a broad scope there for projects that may be eligible.

“However, applications must demonstrate how the project will directly benefit arts and culture in the Mount Isa area, as well as how it meets the Mount Isa City Council Arts and Cultural Priorities, which are outlined in the RADF guidelines.”

More information about the RADF program and how to apply can be found on Council’s website at

Arts groups or organisations that require further advice or information about the application process, or whether their project qualifies for a RADF grant, are urged to call Council’s RADF Liaison Officer on 4747 3200.