Apply now to share in $90,000 of grants secured by arts organisation Octapod

Apply now to share in $90,000 of grants secured by arts organisation Octapod. Applications close at the end of October.
Apply now to share in $90,000 of grants secured by arts organisation Octapod. Applications close at the end of October.

Port Stephens artists, art workers and groups can now apply for development grants from arts organisation Octapod after it secured $90,000 in funding from Create NSW.

Octapod Chair Kate Baartz said the arts development grants will have a direct and positive impact for local artists and arts-based organisations in Port Stephens and Cessnock.

"Applications are open until the end of October and with regional NSW on the cusp of reopening, the timing is perfect to support all kinds of creative pursuits from equipping artists with supplies, supporting organisations to thrive or showcasing a wide range of creative disciplines, through performances, exhibitions and projects," she said.

Funds of up to $5000 are available for individuals and $10,000 for groups/organisations.

Applications for funding are only open to artists and groups from Port Stephens and Cessnock, or are proposing a project that will be staged in one of the two eligible LGAs.

The funding is to support:

  • organisation development: costs of obtaining incorporation and/or charitable status, or the development of strategic, business, or fundraising plans
  • group or collective development: costs of studio recording sessions for a band, costs of graphic design, printing and distribution to produce promotional brochures to promote your group or a group project.
  • individual development: the purchase of new equipment such as a new microphone, a printing press or personal website, or costs associated with a new training or development opportunity
  • event and project delivery: costs of presenting an artistic project or event in one of the eligible LGAs

Octapod executive manager Lauren Van Katwyk said that while the organisation focuses predominantly on emerging and experimental art, the grants are open to all artforms and creative disciplines including visual art, music, dance, performance, creative poetry, prose and more.

"This grant is about arts development and so we are hoping to see applications that help strengthen the arts ecosystem in these communities. We've intentionally designed the grant criteria and the application process to scaffold emerging groups and individuals," she said.

Apply by midnight on Sunday, October 31 at octapod.org.

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