Apply now for Council grants

23/08/2018 4:00 p.m.

Community groups with a focus on preserving or enhancing the districts biodiversity or heritage, or who have an arts focus are being encouraged to apply for Ashburton District Council grants, which are now open until 30 September.

The Council is welcoming applications for the second round of Biodiversity and Heritage grants for the year, as well as for the first round of Creative Communities Scheme funding. Application forms are available on the Council website

Chair of the Council’s Grants and Funding Subcommittee Russell Ellis says the grants help to support a range of projects benefiting the district.

“There are many dedicated groups in our community doing outstanding work to improve our natural and built environment, or that provide cultural opportunities for our people. If your group has a project that aligns with this work, we’d like to hear from you.”

The Council introduced a second round of funding for Biodiversity and Heritage in 2016, in recognition of the seasonal nature of these projects. The first round opened in February with the remainder of the Council community grant categories.

Creative New Zealand provides Creative Communities Scheme funding to councils across the country to distribute in their local communities. The scheme recognises the unique place of local arts projects and is assessed by a local committee who have an extensive background in the district’s varied arts community.

The Creative Communities Grant aims to support artistic and cultural projects, including theatre, dance, music, literature and performing arts.

To apply for the grants, download and complete an application form on the Council website and return it to Council by email to the Council office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton.

Applications for all three categories close Sunday 30 September.​

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