Gold Coast Activate Grants open for applications

The City of Gold Coast Activate Arts, Activate Music and Activate Small Grants current rounds are now open, with some applications closing in March.

Now more than ever, funding for cultural, arts and music endeavours is critical. City of Gold Coast has long supported the community through its annual activate grants, and this 2021 round is set to support more projects than ever. The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a competitively assessed grants program supporting arts and cultural projects of all kinds, and artists and arts and cultural workers at all career stages. RADF is delivered by City of Gold Coast in partnership with Arts Queensland.

There are three RADF funding categories:

  • Activate Small Grants: supports individuals, organisations and collectives seeking smaller levels of funding (up to $5,000) for arts and culture-based activity. Apply anytime. Note your application must be received at least eight weeks prior to your activity start date.
  • Activate Music – Round 2: supports the Gold Coast contemporary music sector to create new music, develop new audiences and tour. Applications close 8 March 2021. Note your project must start after 16 May 2021.
  • Activate Arts – Round 2: supports arts and culture-based activities in all artforms and artists at all stages of career to deliver projects/activities that have a clear connection to the Gold Coast and deliver artistic excellence, community benefit, collaboration, sustainability and innovation (apply for up to $15,000). Applications close 8 March 2021. Note your project must start after 16 May 2021.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Arts and Culture team to discuss the project before applying – contact the RADF Liaison Officer on 07 5581 6075 or email

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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