Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund (IRADF)

The Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund (IRADF), part of the Backing Indigenous Arts initiative, is a partnership between the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, the Torres Strait Regional Authority and fifteen Aboriginal Councils and host organisations throughout Queensland.


  • Cultural Maintenance: Keeping culture strong through passing on of cultural knowledge and practice by recognised, respected Elders, leaders and peers.
  • Arts Development: Activities where the community and individuals are engaged in arts practice, skills development and participation.

View the Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund Guidelines.

Who can apply?

The following Indigenous Councils and host organisations are invited to apply to IRADF annually:

  • Aurukun Shire Council
  • Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group
  • Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
  • HopeVale Art and Cultural Centre
  • Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Lockhart River Arts Indigenous Corporation
  • Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Mirndiyan Gununa Aboriginal Corporation
  • Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council
  • Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Pormpuraaw Art and Cultural Centre
  • Torres Strait Regional Authority
  • Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council

IRADF programs and projects should be developed in consultation with the community and support locally-determined arts and cultural activities.

Closing Date

22 January 2021.

How to apply?

Eligible Councils and host organisations will be invited to apply through SmartyGrants.


To be eligible, the Council or host organisation applying must:

  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland funding
  • be one of the 16 eligible listed Councils or host organisations.

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