Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin today announced funding of $221,000 from the NSW Government to help local arts and cultural organisations deliver their 2019 programs.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery, The Corridor Project and interdisciplinary arts organisations The Cad Factory and The Wired Lab will receive $23,000, $60,000, $78,000 and $60,000 respectively to help bring their offerings to audiences this year.

Ms Cooke said she was excited to see what was in store this year.

“We’re delighted that this funding will help our local arts and cultural organisations to deliver their exciting 2019 schedules,” she said.

“This support is crucial and I know that its outcomes will be greatly received not only by the local community, but across visitors to the area too.”

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the impact of the funding resonates beyond arts venues themselves.

“This significant annual funding will help organisations to improve their offering, contribute to local employment and just as importantly, increase the number of opportunities for audiences to access and enjoy arts and culture locally,” Minister Harwin said.

“I’m particularly pleased to note that nearly half of the overall funding will be delivered across regional NSW as a priority area for our arts, screen and culture investment,” he added.

Arts and Cultural Organisations Program funding from Create NSW supports NSW organisations with their annual programs of multiple activities and can be used to contribute to any aspect of their program. Applications for the 2018/19 round were assessed by three independent peer panels covering multi-arts, performing arts (including music) and visual arts, literature and museums.

For further information on arts, screen and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities, visit www.create.nsw.gov.au or email arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au.