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Grants energise arts scene around the region

28 January 2016

Studio time during Hip Hop Shakespeare workshops presented by Western Downs Libraries

Studio time during Hip Hop Shakespeare workshops presented by Western Downs Libraries

Hip Hop Shakespeare Company founder and award winning rapper AKALA shows workshop participants how to develop their rap and verse skills

Hip Hop Shakespeare Company founder and award winning rapper AKALA shows workshop participants how to develop their rap and verse skills

Round 1 for 2015/16 of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) has seen seven projects and over $34,000 allocated throughout the region to support local arts and culture.

  • RADF is a longstanding partnership between Local and State Government promoting the role and value of arts, culture, and heritage in regional communities;
  • The program invests in local arts and cultural priorities as determined by local communities;
  • Following changes made to the RADF guidelines, out-of-rounds applications will no longer be received;
  • Applications for Round 2 close 5pm, Tuesday 2 February 2016 for projects commencing mid-March 2016;
  • Applications for Round 3 close 5pm, Tuesday 3 May 2016 for projects commencing mid-June 2016;
  • Late applications will be received at the discretion of the Community Grants Reference Group.

Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development and Health Services Councillor Carolyn Tillman said this year will see the implementation of the revamped RADF program, which was developed in consultation with local councils, open the way for further arts development at a local level by increasing access to training opportunities.

“Congratulations to the successful recipients of this round. It’s exciting to see the diversity of the projects set to roll-out for our region and I encourage residents to make the most of these fantastic opportunities,” she said.

“Whether you love to paint, draw, write songs or rap; you are in for a treat. This round has also seen funding allocated to community redevelopment projects such as interpretation panels as part of the revitalisation of ANZAC Park in Miles.

“I urge individuals and community groups to apply for future funding, keeping in mind that for the first time in 25 years, out-of-rounds applications will no longer be received.”

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government is providing $2.08 million in 2015/16 for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a State and Local Government partnership with 59 local councils across Queensland.

For more information on the next round of RADF grants and the full list of Round 1 2015/16 successful recipients call 1300 COUNCIL or visit Council’s website at www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/living-here/grants-and-funding/arts-and-cultural-program/.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland local councils.

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