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 Retention - keeping culture strong: Activities in which cultural knowledge and practice is passed on by recognised, respected leaders and peers.

Arts Development: activities where the community and individuals are engaged in arts practice, skills development and capacity building.

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.

Organisations and individuals operating or living outside of the community or local government area can get funding if their project plan:

  • meets local needs and aspirations
  • addresses the objectives of the local arts and cultural development policy of the region or host community
  • demonstrates direct community support and involvement.

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

19 April 2018

How to apply?

An application pack will be issued to the participating Councils and host organisations in December.


To be eligible, the Council or host organisation 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
  • not be a state government agency.

More information

View frequently asked questions about IRADF.

View case studies of previous funding recipients.