The NSW Government and local MP, Andrew Fraser, have announced that the Coffs Harbour electorate can share in part of $100 million being invested into regional villages, towns and cities through a new Regional Cultural Fund announced in the 2017 NSW Budget.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said that the fund will drive the creation of regional cultural infrastructure across a range of new and existing spaces, buildings and structures that support or accommodate the arts, cultural expression and heritage.

Through the fund, support is offered to a diverse mix of arts and culture spanning visual media and performing arts, heritage, publishing and film.

Mr Fraser said he was excited for the range of new projects that this could offer the Coffs Harbour electorate.

Mr Harwin said “The Regional Cultural Fund is a fantastic opportunity for new and existing arts and cultural facilities to receive help in developing their offering, deliver improvements to venues and increase the participation in arts and culture by enabling more regional tours for our artists.

 “Regional communities live and breathe arts and culture and we want to make sure that this continues to thrive and professionalise. Investing in arts and culture facilities and programs in the bush provides recreational, educational as well as social benefits and in turn help art practitioners to expand their networks and enter new markets”.

“The Regional Cultural Fund is a welcome boost for the regional arts and culture community in the Coffs Harbour electorate.  So if there are galleries that need to be built, a local hall that needs a lick of paint or a theatre group has a new project, I encourage them all to apply,” Mr Fraser added.

There are small, medium and large funding pools for projects from a couple of hundred dollars to $5 million. Specific funds are reserved for new programming projects.

Expressions of Interest and applications for the Regional Cultural Fund will open from 17 July 2017. Successful projects will be invited to provide additional information.

For further information and guidelines for applicants visit www.create.nsw.gov.au.

23 June 2017

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