The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, today encouraged arts and culture organisations in the mid-north coast to apply for a share of a new $47 million round of the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund (RCF).

Mrs Pavey said applications from Councils, as well as arts, screen and culture organisations, are being invited and will close on 21 September 2018.

“This is a fund which has the potential to totally transform the arts and culture scene not only in Oxley but across the entirety of regional NSW,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The $47 million funding pool comes on top of the $48 million which was already allocated in round one of the fund.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro MP, said the second round of funding is available for infrastructure and redevelopment projects ranging from major new exhibition and performing arts spaces, through to refurbishment of libraries, theatres and museums and smaller, grass-roots community projects.

“Having grown up and raised a family in a regional area, I know how important arts and culture is to our regional and remote areas,” Mr Barilaro said.

“As I travelled the state to announce projects funded under round one, I saw first-hand just how much our arts and culture communities appreciated the support.

“As Minister for Regional NSW, I want people to look to our regional areas, and think ‘I could have a great life there’, and as a government we know that a diverse and vibrant arts and culture scene is key to achieving that,” he said.

Arts Minister Don Harwin said the fund was established to ensure regional NSW received its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure – providing recreational and educational benefits as well as increased cultural tourism.

 “The success of our recent first round of funding shows the Government’s commitment to driving growth in arts, screen, culture and heritage in regional NSW  is making a difference.”  

Applicants can review guidelines for applying for funding at the Create NSW web page www.nsw.gov.au/regionalculturalfund

The $100m Regional Cultural Fund is a vital piece of the NSW Government’s  broader $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund.