TIME RUNNING OUT TO SECURE FUNDING FOR MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES

Monday, 25 September 2017

LOCAL councils and not-for-profit community organisations have until Friday this week to apply for funding for cultural festivals and events that bring the community together.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the NSW Government’s Celebration Grants program provided funding of up to $5,000 for each local organisation.

“Our local communities host an array of colourful festivals that bring people together in celebration of culture, food and dance,” Mr Marshall said.

“I encourage local community organisations and councils to apply for a Celebration Grant to support our thriving multicultural calendar.

“This is a terrific opportunity for our region’s groups and I look forward to locals taking advantage of this funding.”

In June this year, Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams announced the 2017 Celebration Grant recipients, who shared in more than $252,000.

“This year, 60 community organisations and councils have benefited from Celebration Grants to host festivals and interfaith events,” Mr Williams said.

“The NSW Government is proud to support outstanding community groups that work incredibly hard to coordinate events that celebrate community harmony.”

Applications open three times a year and submitted projects are assessed on how many people are likely to attend, whether the project will benefit intercultural understanding and be cost effective.

Only not-for-profit community organisations and local councils staging festivals and events for the entire community are eligible to apply.

Applications close this Friday, 29 September 2017.

For more information about Celebration Grants and the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, visit www.multicultural.nsw.gov.au

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