Local groups and organisations are encouraged to enhance their musical, cultural, and artistic endeavours by applying for a Parkes Shire Council Cultural Grant.

The aim of Council's cultural grants program is to encourage and support the development of local community organisations, services and strategies which make a positive contribution to the community and cultural life of the Shire.

Chair of the Parkes Shire Cultural Advisory Committee, Cr Barbara Newton said "Council recognises the importance of a culturally rich and vibrant community. By fostering the development of skills, talents and abilities at a local level and enhancing cultural facilities and infrastructure, these grants support creative and innovative cultural activity throughout our shire."

"The grants can be utilised in a variety of ways, including to develop a new project, extension or enhancement of an existing project, purchase of equipment, or minor capital works" the Deputy Mayor added.

In 2019, eight community cultural projects were successful in their application for funding, including the Parkes Wiradjuri Language Group who used the grant to produce a music video titled Nuganirra to be used as a learning tool with cultural benefits to both Wiradjuri people and as well as people of all ages and cultures.

"It [Cultural Grant] made our project come alive", said Geoff Anderson from the Parkes Wiradjuri Language Group.

"What started from little ideas in a classroom became a reality with this cultural grant. The music video is in recognition of Ron Wardrop, our first Wiradjuri language teacher in Parkes' schools," Geoff added.

Cultural Grants application forms are available to download via link below. Applications close Friday 5 June 2020.

Applications must request a grant of at least $2,000 with the total funding pool at $10,000.

For advice and support in completing the application, contact Council's Grant Officer, Jenny Short on 0447 831 413.

Successful applications will be announced in July 2020.