Community Arts and Culture Fund to contribute to a vibrant Lower Hutt

Community arts organisations throughout Lower Hutt can apply to a $40,000 fund for operational costs, to support them in delivering cultural events and activities.

The Community Arts and Culture Fund is now open for not-for-profit arts organisations based in the city. The purpose of the fund is to contribute to the creative life of the Hutt Valley, its residents and visitors by supporting local arts groups with costs such as rent, equipment purchases and staff.

Last year, seven local arts organisations were funded with one being Hutt Valley Orchestra. Director, Mark Carter says,

The grant made a huge difference to us. It has contributed towards the costs associated with running a full-size symphonic community orchestra. The grant has gone towards subsidising players fees, helped with music and venue hire, and kept ticket prices low. We have over 60 members that range in age from 12 to 80 years old. All- in-all, it has helped to make classical music accessible for the Lower Hutt community of all ages.”

The Community Arts and Culture Grant fund will help create opportunities to increase community participation in arts and cultural activities, and provide the means to grow audiences for arts and cultural activities.

“The Community Arts and Culture Fund is a fantastic tool for us to support local arts organisations in the Hutt. I’m really looking forward to the art, music and services that will be produced with the support of the fund, and the difference it will make to our city’s vibrancy.” Tui Lewis, Deputy Mayor, says.

“The local arts sector has taken a big hit over lockdown. Seeing as our artists and musicians bring so much joy to the people of Lower Hutt, I’m glad we are able to support them through these challenging times.”

The fund covers eligible costs from August 2020 to July 2021 and the deadline for applications is 27 July 2020. Find out more and apply here.

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