Local creative groups and artists have until Friday 4 May to apply for a 2018 Parkes Shire Council Cultural Grant. The aim of Council’s cultural grant program is to encourage and support the development of the art and craft community, services and strategies which make a positive contribution to the community and cultural life of the Shire. Applications must request a grant of at least $2,000 with the total funding pool at $10,000.
“Four local organisations received grants in 2017”, said Manager Cultural, Education & Library Services, Shellie Buckle. “Peak Hill Leisure Art and Craft Council Inc for art tutoring, Parkes Action Club to hold the St Elmo Shearing Shed art exhibition, Trundle Film Society for Being on High Ground video production project and Parkes/Forbes Branch Cake Decorators Guild of NSW Inc for a cake decorating and sugar art seminar.”
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. “The cultural grants enable Council to directly fund innovative projects and ideas. A lovely example is from last year. Cultural grant recipients Parkes Action Club went on to receive the 2017 Cultural Award for a group for their St Elmo Shearing Shed art exhibition” said Councillor Newton.
Cultural Grants application forms are available on Council’s website, www.parkes.nsw.gov.au, or at any Parkes Shire Library (Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore).
Contact Council’s Grant Officer Kimberley Harris, 6861 2398 for advice and support in completing the application. Successful applications will be announced in June 2018.