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DEMAND FOR ARTS FUNDING HITS NEW HEIGHTS

The second round of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) has been awarded with six projects throughout the region sharing in $16,295 of funding.

The RADF committee received an enthusiastic response, with more funding requested than was available, leaving the committee with some tough decisions to make.

Rather than turn down applications outright, the committee sought to award part funding to as many submissions as possible. Applicants are being encouraged to secure the balance from other funding sources or apply for the remainder in round three if necessary.

RADF committee chair, Fiona Owens, said the second round of funding had been much more competitive than the first.

“The committee was thrilled to see so many worthy applications submitted in this round. It’s such a change to the previous round, where we received so few applications that we actually had money left over.

“That money was carried over into this round – and we still didn’t have enough to fully fund every application.

“Hopefully the great response this time means we’ll get a bigger allocation in future.”

Some of the projects to be funded include workshops in painting, paper piecing, pottery and dance. The fund is a partnership between state and local governments that promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage. It offers training, education and employment opportunities to local artists across Queensland.

Round three of the Regional Arts Development Fund opens on Saturday, 1 April 2017.