Over the last three years, Mareeba Shire Council has funded 33 community arts, heritage and cultural initiatives, through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).
The program is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Mareeba Shire Council to enhance cultural and creative experiences across the shire.
Chair of the RADF committee, Cr Angela Toppin said each year Mareeba Shire Council provides community grants to artists, arts, heritage and cultural workers, groups and organisations throughout the shire.
“The Mareeba RADF program has contributed significantly to providing opportunities for amateur artists and the general public to participate in arts and cultural workshops,” she said.
“Creative opportunities are essential to the cultural vitality and wellbeing of the community by decreasing social isolation and sense of belonging to the community.”
Cr Toppin is encouraging local artists and community groups to apply for a RADF Community Grant.
Projects must have a strong developmental or participatory focus and may include activities such as; development of new works, cultural tourism, events, collections, heritage protection, performances, placemaking, professional development, publications and workshops.
Guidelines and application forms are available on Council’s website. Applications must be submitted by 28 February 2018.