LOCAL COMMUNITY URGED TO REGISTER FOR RECORD REGIONAL ARTS AND CULTURE INVESTMENT
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is reminding local artists, performers and organisations to register their ideas both big and small for local infrastructure and arts projects to deliver long-term cultural benefits to the community.
The record $100 million Regional Cultural Fund investment over four years is part of the Deputy Premier’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund to improve economic outcomes as well as local amenities and the standard of living across regional NSW communities.
Mr Anderson said the Fund supports the building of new artistic and cultural spaces such as galleries, theatres, libraries, museums and halls, as well as the upgrading or repurposing of existing arts, screen, culture or heritage infrastructure.
“The Regional Cultural Fund is now open for Expressions of Interest and supports arts, screen and cultural organisation proposals for small, medium and large infrastructure projects that will deliver long-term cultural benefits to our region.
“Galleries and museums can also apply for operational funding to support the delivery of services, providing distinct experiences to visitors and promoting increased participation in creative and cultural activities.”
Mr Barilaro said that funding for local arts and cultural infrastructure projects will boost economic growth across regional NSW.
“Investment in arts and cultural programs and facilities not only provide recreational and educational benefits, but they also help to boost tourist visitation, which in turn generates spending in the local economy,” Mr Barilaro said.
Expressions of interest for the Regional Cultural Fund are now open and will close at midnight, 4 September 2017. Successful applicants will be invited to provide additional information. Up to $25 million will be made available in the first round of funding.
In early August, the Regional Cultural Fund team will provide training for applicants who need assistance in completing the Expression of Interest form (Step One).