Local community groups with an arts or cultural focus are being encouraged to get their applications in to Ashburton District Council, following the opening of the Creative Communities Grant today.
Groups will have until the end of August to submit their application, with funds for successful applicants being awarded in October 2017.
The Creative Communities Grant aims to support artistic and cultural projects in the community, which can involve anything from theatre, dance and music to literary arts, crafts and performing arts.
"Our priorities for this grant are to support our district's diverse artistic and cultural traditions. It helps to create opportunities for our community to participate in creative activities and enables young people to engage with the arts," Council Community Development Advisor John Hobbs says.
Creative New Zealand provides Creative Communities Scheme funding to councils across the country to distribute
in their area. The scheme recognises the unique place of local arts projects in communities and is assessed by a local committee who have an extensive background in the district's varied arts community.
Further information about the grant and funding application forms and criteria can be found here or from the
Applications close Thursday 31 August, 2017 at 5pm.