For those of you interested in culture, history and heritage; local groups and organisations have until Friday 29th April to apply for a 2016 Parkes Shire Council Cultural Grant. Last year four cultural organisations received grants, according to Manager of Cultural, Education and Library Services, Shellie Buckle. “In 2015 Tullamore Central School, Lachlan Regional Community Orchestra, Parkes & District Country Music Association and Peak Hill Leisure Arts and Craft Inc received funding for musical endeavours and art workshops” Shellie said.
Applications must request a grant of at least $2,000 with the total funding pool at $9,500. The objectives of the Program are to stimulate community cultural activity, encourage creative and innovative cultural activity, assist in the development of skills and abilities and enhance cultural facilities and community awareness of the importance of culture. Funding categories include subsidy for a new project, extension or enhancement of an existing project, purchase of equipment or minor capital works.
Parkes Shire Council’s Cultural Committee Chair, Deputy Mayor Councillor Barbara Newton would like to encourage groups to apply. “Council is committed to encouraging the growth of cultural skills and the development of cultural facilities. The cultural grants enable Council to directly fund innovative projects and ideas” Councillor Newton said. Cultural Grants application forms are available on Council’s website, www.parkes.nsw.gov.au, or at any Parkes
Shire Library including Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore. Contact Council’s Grant Officers, Ellie O’Donoghue or Sally Chapman on 6861 2398 for advice and support in completing the application. Successful
applications will be announced in June 2016, we will those applying luck in getting a grant.