$1M boost for Western Sydney arts community


Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has announced a $1 million fund to support three programs for emerging artists across Western Sydney. “These programs will be hugely valuable in supporting new opportunities for emerging artists and organisations across the Western Sydney region,” said Minister Harwin. “I’ve seen firsthand the depth of talent in Western Sydney arts, screen and culture – this funding will help drive forward artistic endeavour in the west”.

The Making Spaces fund in its second year encourages property owners to partner with arts, screen and cultural organisations to activate spaces and create vibrant and liveable communities. Up to 10 new projects will share in $500,000 (Maximum  $50,000 each).

The Strategic Opportunities Fund targets strategic projects outside of existing arts programs, to allow organisations to embed arts in the everyday and increase participation. Up to six projects will share in $300,000 (Maximum $50,000 each).

The new Emerging Organisations Program supports emerging Western Sydney arts, screen and culture groups in developing sustainable business models and setting them up for long term success. Up to four organisations will share in $200,000 (Maximum $50,000 each).

Applications are now open. For further information, full eligibility guidelines and criteria click here.


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