Applications open for Margaret River HEART grants allowing community to embrace local culture

Breanna RedheadAugusta Margaret River Times
Applications are now open for HEART grants in the 2022-2023 financial year.
Camera IconApplications are now open for HEART grants in the 2022-2023 financial year. Credit: supplied

The Margaret River community and local business scene is being encouraged to embrace local culture, with applications now open for HEART grants in the 2022-2023 financial year.

The funding program seeks to support and activate arts, culture and business activities by assisting event organisers with costs associating with hosting and event.

HEART general manager Nicky Hansen said she is excited to see the community do more with their businesses this year.

“The grants are about encouraging and supporting event organisers with their event development and assisting with costs so that the whole process is more manageable, which in turn, leads to improved access to the venue for the broader community,” she said.

“Some events are arts related, some are about business and economy or just sharing information.”

With individual and business grants available, HEART is encouraging the community to reach their full potential.

In the 2020-2021 financial year, a total of $63 000 was allocated across 21 events in the region. In all, $80,000 in funding has been either allocated or approved for project delivery across 19 events in the 2021-2022 financial year.

A further $40,000 of funding has been allocated to projects in the 2022-2023 financial year to date, inclusive of anticipated applications yet to be processed.

Ms Hansen said she is excited for what’s in store for the arts community moving forward.

“Our grants program has played a vital role in facilitating so many successful events – CinefestOZ, Readers and Writers Festival, the inaugural Fire and Biodiversity Forum and Margaret River Theatre Group’s annual pantomime, Alice in Pantoland,” she said.

“We’re keen to continue fostering strong community partnerships and connecting locals to meaningful experiences.”

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