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Funding is available for arts and cultural groups in the Gunnedah Shire Council area with a small grants fund now open for applications.

Arts and cultural groups can submit applications for Gunnedah Shire Council’s 2023-24 Section 356 (Arts and Cultural) Small Grants Fund from now until Monday, 22 May 2023. A similar fund is also available for community and sporting groups, also closing on 22 May.

The annual fund aims to assist in the continuation of existing local projects or to support new projects and initiatives that help meet the needs of the growing community, while strengthening cultural identity and connection to place.

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Precinct Team Leader, Michael Cornford, said it was a fantastic opportunity for arts and cultural groups to gain financial support for their creative ideas.

“Council is committed to enhancing local cultural opportunities and experiences by assisting in building the capacity of arts and cultural community organisations and groups to remain vibrant and sustainable in the long term,” he said.

“This fund is an important stepping stone in that process.”

Past successful applications have included cultural workshops, concerts, exhibitions, media equipment and cultural markets and festivals.

The arts and cultural project, program or event must have broad community benefit and align with the following general arts categories: acting, announcing, fine art and craft, directing, animation, dancing and choreography, entertainment and performance, music and singing, photography, production, and writing.

Guidelines and application forms can be downloaded from Council’s website: https://www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au/index.php/community/community-services/grants-sponsorship/item/1401-section-356-arts-and-cultural-grants

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 22 May, 2023.

For more information on the 2023-24 Arts and Cultural Small Grants Fund, contact Council’s Cultural Precinct Team Leader Michael Cornford on (02) 6740 2100. For information about the community and sporting grants you can contact Council’s Community and Social Planner Debra Hilton. You can also email council@infogunnedah.com.au.

Top image: Gunnedah Shire Council’s Madeline Buhagiar with Gunnedah and District Spinners and Weavers members Vanessa Hodges-Schembri and Bec Thompson at the presentation of the 2022-23 356 Arts and Cultural Small Grants Fund.

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