Community & Business

23 September, 2023

New RADF grants open

GRANTS for arts, heritage and cultural projects are now open for applications through Tablelands Regional Council’s Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Lyndel Turpin received a $1100 RADF grant to run workshops with young people to paint a bus shelter in Tarzali.
Lyndel Turpin received a $1100 RADF grant to run workshops with young people to paint a bus shelter in Tarzali.

The grants are aimed at supporting individuals, groups, and organisations and allow for up to $6000 for arts and cultural projects, including heritage and cultural tourism in the Tablelands region.

Previous grant recipient Stella Freund received a $5000 RADF grant towards the cost of producing a book about the Tolga Bat Hospital.

“Crafted by writer Jenny Mclean and brought to life through captivating visuals by Juergen Freund, the book captures the essence of the hospital’s story. Thanks to RADF funding and our successful Kickstarter campaign, we’ve been able to share the book with a global and domestic audience,” Ms Freund said.

The Herberton Business andTourism Association also received a $5000 RADF grant last year to launch a new festival.

“RADF was instrumental in the creation of the inaugural Herberton Pocket Film Festival in 2022,” festival committee member Peter Whalley-Thompson said.

“We applied for a grant to fund two film creators to teach the basic skills of making film on smartphones. The buzz surrounding those workshops helped to bring other sponsors on board and drew attention to our event with the wider public audience.

“In the end we had a very successful festival that drew a large audience, and which showcased a wide variety of stories of life on the Atherton Tablelands.”

Details about the grant and application information are available online at and at customer service centres.

People can also contact the Regional Arts Officer for advice and assistance at before starting their application and ensure it is submitted by 5pm Monday 2 October.

Small RADF grants of up to $1000 are also available at any time until funds are allocated.

“I was glad to receive $463 from RADF to attend APAX, a national performing arts conference, where I have been invited to pitch my current play-in-development. I am grateful for the support of the RADF committee,” Sara Kuliliya Isherwood said.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Tablelands Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.


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