Locally-based community organisations involved in arts and cultural activities are invited to apply for Cessnock City Council’s 2017 Community Cultural Development Dollar for Dollar Grants Program.
The grants aim to provide financial assistance for specific cultural projects or to allow for the improvement of facilities within the local government area.
The annual program has supported some exciting initiatives in the past, including Wollombi’s Sculpture in the Vineyards, the Cessnock Woodturners and the Branxton Greta Community Chamber of Commerce Umbrella Festival.
Grants will be provided on a dollar-for-dollar basis – that is, up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the cost of the project and evidence of sufficient funds to match the grant is required.
Applications can be for an amount up to $3000. A total of $25,000 is available in the funding program and on average is spread across eight to 10 projects throughout the calendar year.
Grants are offered to arts and cultural groups for projects that can demonstrate a benefit to the cultural or artistic development of the wider community.
These benefits could be through improvements to council-owned facilities licenced to, occupied or leased by the group that will contribute to the cultural or artistic use of the facility; developing or implementing cultural or artistic projects or programs; or the purchase of equipment or materials for such projects or programs.
Community-based organisations outside the area may apply and be considered based on the project’s benefit to the Cessnock local government area.
Applications are due by May 8. Forms and guidelines are available from council’s customer service counter, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries and online at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/dollarfordollar.