Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is urging arts and culture organisations in Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Cessnock and Maitland to get applications into a new $47 million round of funding as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Regional Cultural Fund (RCF).
Mr MacDonald said applications from Councils, as well as arts, screen and culture organisations are being invited from 1 July, and will close on 21 September 2018.
“This $47 million funding pool comes on top of the $48 million which was already allocated to 68 projects as part of round one of the fund.”
“Now, as part of round two, with an additional $47 million available for regional areas, we have a further chance to secure even more financial support for the Hunter arts and culture sector.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the second round of funding was available for infrastructure and redevelopment projects ranging from major new exhibition and performing arts spaces, through to refurbishment of libraries, theatres and museums and smaller, grass-roots community projects.
Arts Minister Don Harwin said the fund was established to ensure regional NSW received its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure - providing recreational and educational benefits as well as increased cultural tourism.
Applicants can review guidelines for applying for funding at the Create NSW web page https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/regional-cultural-fund/regional-cultural-fund-2/