State funding now available for regional art projects

ESTABLISHED by the NSW Government to support the development of cultural infrastructure in regional NSW the Regional Cultural Fund supports and enables bold, exciting and diverse arts and cultural activities.

Through the investment of $100 million over two rounds, the RCF aims to strengthen regional arts, screen, culture and heritage, and revitalise local communities through strategic investment. Round 2 is now open.

There’s up to $47 million available to support the construction of new arts and cultural facilities, upgrades to existing facilities, as well as the addition of artist-led public art.

Up to $5 million is specifically reserved for regional public library infrastructure projects, and support for the creation and installation of artist-led public art.

Round 2 invites applications from two funding categories. Projects with an estimated total cost of up to $250,000 and projects with an estimated total cost of more than $250,000.

If your project has an estimated total cost of less than $250,000 you will need to complete an application form and a project plan.

For applications where the project has an estimated total cost of above $250,000 you will need to fill out an application form and a Business Case.

Applications with an estimated total cost above $5 million require a Treasury Compliant Benefit Cost Ratio.

Applications for Round 2 close at noon on Friday, September 21.

For further information, guidelines and applications please visit: nsw.gov.au/regionalculturalfund, email regional@arts.nsw.gov.au or phone 8289 6575.

New author

EMERGING Australian writer Jarrah Dundler will be in conversation about his debut novel Hey Brother at BookPlus.

Jarrah’s brilliant debut novel, Hey Brother is a story of life, love and loss in rural Australia.

It’s a wonderful portrait of a family as seen through the eyes of a boy on the brink of manhood.

A true coming of age story and could be a great gift idea for Father’s Day too.

Come and meet Jarrah at BooksPlus in Bathurst this Friday, August 31 at 6pm.

A day for dad

THERE is a terrific line-up of stallholders for the Handmade and Artist Market at Mayfield Garden.

The market will be held in the Woodfire Garden (free entry) from 9am-2pm on Father’s Day.

The Mayfield Cafe and Kiosk will also be open from 9am.

You can find lots more local and regional arts events at artsoutwest.org.au.