Funding boost for artists

Artist Meg De Young shows off a mural she created at Whittlesea Community Garden.

ANOTHER round of the City of Whittlesea’s recently-introduced Whittlesea Creative Communities Fund is opening soon.

The grants were originally designed to provide financial support to artists and creative groups who have been economically affected long-term by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artist Meg De Young received funding in a previous round to create a Whittlesea Community Garden mural.

“This grant has enabled me as an artist to keep the connections to the community through COVID restrictions,” she said.

“It has given me the chance of producing work that will directly benefit members of the community that not only are involved with Whittlesea Community Garden but engage with the garden space itself.

“Whether that be on walks or taking their family there for lunch, it has given me the opportunity to produce something for everybody to enjoy.”

The third round of grants will continue to build on previous rounds by developing the capacity of artists and aiming to put the City of Whittlesea on the creative map.

The grant is open to those working in creative sectors including artists, musicians, writers, performers, producers, community artists, not-for-profit arts organisations and community and/or cultural groups to create and present work.

The grants will provide funding of up to $2000 depending on each applicant’s circumstances.

A City of Whittlesea spokesperson said artists could provide community connection and creativity to help the region survive positively.

“The arts are a proven and effective vehicle known to strengthen community connection, emotional wellbeing and recovery,” the spokesperson said.

Applications for the grants opened yesterday [October 19] and will close on October 30.

People can apply by visiting whittlesea.vic.gov.au/grants.

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