40 per cent funding boost for Western Sydney art programs
The Liberals and Nationals Government is delivering on its commitment to grow the arts and cultural sector in Western Sydney with a 40 per cent increase in program funding for local organisations.
For 2016, 19 arts and cultural organisations across Western Sydney have received program funding totalling $3.4 million, up from $2.4 million last year.
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the government is determined to grow the Western Sydney cultural sector and this most recent funding round shows it’s well on our way to doing exactly that.
“The recent State Budget committed an additional $7.5 million to grow arts and culture in Western Sydney and using those funds we will continue to invest in organisations over the next four years,” Mr Grant said.
“Western Sydney is our fastest growing region and as the government invests in schools, roads and hospitals we also need to invest in social programs and offerings – that’s where our arts and cultural organisations come in.”
This is the first time the NSW Government’s Arts and Cultural Policy Framework, Create in NSW, has guided the distribution of these funds which has a mandate to grow the sector in Western Sydney.
In addition to the program funding, three innovative arts and cultural projects in Western Sydney have received almost $135,000 in funding from the first of two funding rounds.
A full list of all Western Sydney programs and projects funded in 2016 is available for download here.
Published: 15 October 2015