Forum to take mystery out of arts grants process

Monday 19 March 2012

Forum to take mystery out of arts grants process

According to a media release from Cairns Regional Council (CRC), a well overdue forum has been organised to help artists in the Cairns region to apply for funding under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

CRC will host 'RADF Unravelled!' to provide information on the grants program, the application process and how to complete a submission.

“These workshops will help to demystify the grant application process,” Council’s Creative Cairns Manager Leslie Sparkes said.

“As an artist, the paperwork involved in submitting a grant application can appear quite daunting. As a result, sometimes great ideas don’t get the funding that they deserve.

“We are holding these workshops so that anyone wishing to apply for RADF funding has the opportunity to understand how the process works.”

RADF grants are available to arts and cultural activities that demonstrate a professional standard of work and contributing to the vitality and diversity of the arts industry in the Cairns region.

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“Projects that have received funding over the years showcase the diversity of arts and cultural practice in the Cairns region,” Ms Sparkes said.

“They have included community theatre projects, environmental art installations, musical workshops, historical archiving and documentation, dance industry development and cultural tourism initiatives, among many others.”

The forum will be held at the Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre on Sunday, April 1, from 1pm to 4pm.

Individual RADF consultations will also be available by appointment at the Mossman Council Administration on Monday, March 26.

To book a spot at the forum or an individual consultation time, contact Lucy Hart on 4032 6644 or email

For more information on RADF Unravelled! visit

The next round of RADF grants is open from March 26 until April 27 for projects that start after July 1.

Application kits can be downloaded from

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Cairns Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.  

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