Media Release - Record funding boost for arts and culture



The Hon Paul Toole MP

Member for Bathurst Electorate

Media Release

Local Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced $100 million to be invested into regional villages, towns and cities through a new Regional Cultural Fund announced in the 2017 NSW Budget.


Mr Toole said that the fund will drive the creation of regional cultural infrastructure across a range of new and existing spaces, buildings and structures that support or accommodate the arts, cultural expression and heritage.


Through the fund, support is offered to a diverse mix of arts and culture spanning visual media and performing arts, heritage, publishing and film.


Mr Toole said “The Regional Cultural Fund is a fantastic opportunity for new and existing arts and cultural facilities to receive help in developing their offering, deliver improvements to venues and increase the participation in arts and culture by enabling more regional tours for our artists.


“Regional communities live and breathe arts and culture and we want to make sure that this continues to thrive and professionalise. Investing in arts and culture facilities and programs in the bush provides recreational, educational as well as social benefits and in turn help art practitioners to expand their networks and enter new markets.”


Mr Toole added, “The Regional Cultural Fund is a welcome boost for the regional arts and culture community in the Bathurst Electorate. So if there is a gallery in Lithgow that needs to be built or a small museum in Oberon that needs a lick of paint or a theatre group in Blayney with a new project, I encourage them all to apply.”


There are small, medium and large funding pools for projects from a couple of hundred dollars to $5 million. Specific funds are reserved for new programming projects.


Expressions of Interest and applications for the Regional Cultural Fund will open from 17 July 2017. Successful projects will be invited to provide additional information.


For further information and guidelines for applicants visit



Last modified: 11 Jul 2017

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