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 funding is distributed by the Council or host organisation to a variety of individuals and groups within each local community. For example: Local artists, cultural workers or community members can act as Project Managers and develop or recommend projects to be included in the application by the Council or host organisation.

Regionally based government departments or educational institutions can access IRADF funding in partnership with the IRADF Council or host organisation. Projects should be guided by the Councils Community Development and/or Organisational Plan and relevant Arts Queensland priorities.

Closing Date

6 February 2020

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 Australian Business Number (ABN);
  • have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland funding;
  • be based in Queensland and show evidence as to how the activity will directly benefit Queensland arts and culture;
  • show evidence of demand and support for activities that involve Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people; and
  • be one of the 16 eligible listed Councils or host organisations.

More information

View frequently asked questions about IRADF.

View case studies of previous funding recipients.