Creative Community grants awarded

Wednesday 3 May, 2017

Thirteen local community groups now have a helping hand to fund their upcoming projects this year, after being awarded almost $13,000 of Creative Community funding at a ceremony at the Ashburton District Council Chambers on Tuesday night.

Council awarded $12,865 of Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) funding to the groups, which is provided by Creative New Zealand.

Council Research and Monitoring Advisor Toni Durham says the grant supports a variety of projects including visual, theatre, dance and music.

“The CCS recognises the unique place of local arts projects in communities, and plays an important part in supporting those projects,” she says. “We are very pleased to see this funding awarded.”

The successful recipients were The Little Big Theatre Company, West African Drumming Group, Ashburton Festival of Pipe Band Music, Ashburton Embroiders Guild, Ashburton Writers Group, Ashburton Society of Arts, The Evening Woodworkers, Festival of Lights, Mid Canterbury Children’s Day, Mid Canterbury Choir, The PlaySpace Theatre Company, Ashburton Society of Performing Arts and Our Lady of the Snows School.

Creative New Zealand provides the funding to councils to distribute to their communities. Community groups can apply for the grants, which are then assessed by a local committee who have an extensive background in the district’s varied arts community.

This was Council’s second round of Creative Communities funding for 2016/17. The next round of funding will open in August 2017. For more information, check the Council website.

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