LOCAL arts groups are set to benefit from more than $16,000 of grant funding from Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC).
The $16,751 worth of funding comes from GSC’s new arts and cultural funding program and will assist local groups in offering programs and initiatives to the community.
GSC director of corporate and community services Colin Formann said the program will allow for a more even spread of funding across Gunnedah’s arts and cultural groups.
“The new program brings council’s process for distributing funds for arts groups into line with what occurs for sporting and community organisations, resulting in a fairer system,” Mr Formann said.
A panel to decide on the grant applications was formed at the March council meeting in Curlewis and following submissions allocated funds to successful applicants.
The successful applicants included: Gunnedah Pottery Club ($1400), Gunnedah Embroiders Guild ($851), Arts Gunnedah ($5000) and Two Rivers Arts Council ($3000).
Also among the recipients, was Gunnedah Conservatorium who will use their $6,500 worth of funding to assist with hosting the community choir, youth choir, community orchestra and to assist with costs for their upcoming musical production, Chicago.
Gunnedah Conservatorium director Rebecca Ryan spoke in favour of the program.
“Council should be commended for taking this direction,” Ms Ryan said.
“It allows organisations to tailor and develop their programs to meet the community’s needs.”
Applications for the next round of funding from the arts and cultural program are expected to open in June.
“A new round of funding is expected to open in the second half of this year,” Mr Formann said.
“Which will give organisations a second opportunity, or those that missed out in this round, to apply.”