Scot MacDonald
30th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP are urging arts and culture organisations on the Central Coast 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 Central Coast Council, as well as arts, screen and culture organisations are being invited from 1 July, and will close on 21 September 2018.

“This is a fund which has the potential to totally transform the arts and culture scene not only on the Central Coast but across the entirety of regional NSW,” Mr MacDonald said.

“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.”

Mr Crouch encouraged local organisations to apply to secure their fair share of funding.

“In the first round of this Fund, the Central Coast region benefitted with NAISDA Dance College receiving $117,164 to develop its Kariong campus into a learning hub and Indigenous gathering place,” Mr Crouch said.

“There is now an additional $47 million now available through round two, which is a fantastic opportunity for our region to secure further arts and culture sector funding.”

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