Applications are now open for Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program.
The program aims to fund community-driven projects, initiatives and events that increase the profile of and participation in arts and culture.
The initiative was introduced for the first time in 2018 and successful recipients included Gunnedah Pottery Club, Gunnedah Embroiders Guild, Arts Gunnedah and Two Rivers Arts Council.
Council’s cultural precinct team leader Lauren Mackley said the funding could assist in the continuation of existing local projects or support new projects and initiatives, which help to meet the needs of the growing community, while strengthening cultural identity and connection to place.
“Gunnedah Shire Council is focusing on enhancing local cultural opportunities and experiences by assisting in building the capacity of arts and cultural community organisations and groups to remain sustainable in the long term,” Ms Mackley said.
“Council encourages applications, which target communities in the outlying villages and the Indigenous community’s needs and applications that seek to address issues of access and equity.
“This program has the ability to enrich the cultural fabric of Gunnedah and provide more cultural opportunities and experiences within the shire.”
The arts and cultural project, program or event must align with the general arts categories of acting; announcing; fine art and craft; directing; animation; dancing and choreography; entertainment and performance; music and singing; photography; production; and writing.
Ms Mackley said projects could span up to 12 months and successful applicants could apply for successive annual funding rounds. Applications for this round close at 5pm on Friday, April 12.
To apply, visit www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au or pick-up a hard copy from Gunnedah Shire Library, Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre or council’s administration building.
For more information, phone Lauren Mackley on (02) 6740 2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org