Funding available for regional arts and cultural events


Northern artists and organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding that supports high quality arts and cultural projects in rural and regional areas.

Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said applications are now open for Festivals Australia, a funding program which provides around $1.2million each year for projects that support community participation and audience engagement in regional areas.

Activities can include parades, performances, workshops, installations or exhibitions held as part of a festival or significant one-off event.

“Just recently, I was pleased to announced that the north’s very own Feast of the Senses secured funding of around $33,000 for its Guinness World Record attempt at the World’s Longest Banana Split as part of this program,” Senator Macdonald said.

The program aims to bring a wider range of cultural events to the regions, Senator Macdonald said.

“Arts and cultural activities are an important way to bring communities together, celebrate diversity and promote a sense of community identity, which is even more important in those areas isolated by distance.”

This competitive grant round is one of two funding rounds available each year through the Department of Communications and the Arts.

Applications must be submitted by 5.00pm AEST on Friday 24 March. Guidelines and application forms are available at www.arts.gov.au/festivals.

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