Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch

August 19, 2019

South Burnett Regional Council has been allocated $10,000 by the State Government to put towards its 2019-20 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program.

The funding totals for local Councils were announced by Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch last week.

Councils must top up these grants with at least another 40 per cent of the allocation from their own Budgets.

“RADF enables local councils and communities to determine arts and cultural priorities on a local level, with projects selected and developed by local councils,” Ms Enoch said.

“Projects funded through RADF provide pathways for learning, contribute to the creation of jobs, foster creativity and boost cultural tourism.”

She said the establishment of the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) last year by the State Government complemented the support provided through RADF.

“RASN would see RADF investment stretch even further in delivering benefits for councils by providing key collaborations and networking opportunities across regions,” Ms Enoch said.

The largest RADF allocation for 2019-20 went to Sunshine Coast Regional Council: $110,000.

South Burnett’s neighbouring councils received:

  • Gympie – $45,000
  • North Burnett – $19,680
  • Somerset – $22,500
  • Toowoomba – $30,000
  • Western Downs – $20,000

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Applications for the latest round of the South Burnett Regional Council’s RADF program close on August 31.

New policy guidelines for the funding scheme were adopted by Council at their June meeting after lobbying by individual artists and South Burnett Arts Inc members who had complained that earlier revisions had made applications no longer feasible.

The new guidelines support up to 100 per cent of the cost of any project or activity, capped at $3000 per project, and remove some of the restrictions on what activities are eligible to be funded.

Application forms are available on Council’s website

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