Grants for Arts and Cultural Organisations to Deliver Free Regional Holiday Programs
Creative organisations and workshop providers, especially First Nations arts and cultural organisations, are encouraged to apply for the Create NSW Holiday Break Program to produce free arts and cultural activities for regional youth during school holiday periods.
The Create NSW Holiday Break Program aims to inspire young people throughout regional NSW, giving them a chance to connect with a range of engaging programs to develop skills and an appreciation for creative and performing arts.
Involvement in the arts has a powerful and positive impact on young people. The Create NSW Holiday Break Program enables young people in regional towns to immerse themselves in the arts, learn from professionals and explore their creativity, talents and culture.
Claire Harris, Creative Director, CREATE Hub Riverina said “the Create NSW Holiday Break Program funding ensures young people can access high-quality creative programs, and not be geographically or financially disadvantaged. This program is life changing.”
The activities are designed to cover a broad range of interests and thanks to the program partnership with Create NSW, young people have the opportunity to experience a range of free creative and cultural workshops to expand their horizons and enhance their self-esteem.
Throughout the 2022-23 summer holidays, more than 700 young people participated in a range of free activities – including Aboriginal cultural programs, music, dance, physical theatre, filmmaking and writing workshops – delivered by 19 arts and cultural organisations across 28 regional locations.
Grants of up to $20,000 are available for eligible creative arts providers, performing arts companies, cultural institutions, community organisations and libraries to deliver programs for young people aged 12 – 24 years during the 2023 NSW Spring holiday (25 September – 6 October 2023) and Summer holiday (20 December 2023 – 29 January 2024) breaks.
This year’s expanded program also includes grants of up to $50,000 targeted for Aboriginal creative and cultural projects, vastly increasing the diversity of Holiday Break opportunities on offer.
Applications for Create NSW’s 2023 Holiday Break Program and Holiday Break First Nations Projects close 4 May 2023. To download the guidelines and apply, click here.
For more information about the NSW Government’s Holiday Break Program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/holidaybreak.
Image: Spring in your Step performance at Bom Funk Dance Studio. Photo: Images Instantly