A CASH kick-start through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) was just what local author Pam Willis Burden needed to finish her book.
The Mossman scribe, who recently published her book Surviving Paradise, is encouraging fellow artists to apply for funding when Council opens the 2019 round next week.
“I would not have had the financial freedom to complete my research, which culminated in my book, without RADF,” she said.
“RADF is a fantastic program to encourage arts workers to complete their projects. The financial burden is lifted and the co-ordinator encourages you in your work.”
RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Douglas Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
The 2019 funding round opens on Monday next week (January 21) and closes on March 15.
An information session for applicants will also be held at 10:30am at the Douglas Shire Council building in Mossman on Monday.
Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said Council’s RADF program promoted arts, culture and heritage as key community development drivers.
“The locally tailored program supports diversity and inclusivity in Douglas Shire while promoting the creation of real education and employment opportunities,” she said.
“We have seen some really powerful projects receive funding and flourish such as the public indigenous banners in Port Douglas and Mossman and Binna’s sculpture on road to the Mossman Gorge.
“This is another really exciting opportunity for local artists to get that financial kick start to turn their creative visions into a reality.”
Previous projects recently supported by the RADF include public artworks, creative workshops, career development for artists, research and development of literary works.
“In order to apply for a RADF grant, you must thoroughly organise your project, financially and creatively, so you already have a structure and a work flow,” Ms Burden said.
“You impose your own deadline which gives you the incentive to complete.
“This makes starting the project easier because so much of the hard planning work is done.”
Interested applicants may also contact the RADF Liaison Officer on T: 07 4099 9422 or firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and further information.