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Grant applications help heritage and culture

ARTISTS, event organisers and heritage property owners are invited to apply for support through Wollongong City Council’s Financial Assistance programs.

From this month until March 28, applications can be submitted for assistance through the Wollongong Heritage Fund, Small Cultural Grants, Small Grants NAIDOC Week Event, Sponsorship of Community Events and Contribution to Public Bands and Choirs programs.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council’s Financial Assistance programs cover a broad range of activities that make Wollongong a more creative and vibrant place.

“Council is committed to supporting projects that bring people together and contribute to the region’s arts and cultural development.

“There’s over $160,000 in funding available across our Financial Assistance programs, so this is a great opportunity for individuals and community groups. Whether you’re organising a community event, restoring a heritage property, or have an idea for an innovative cultural project, I’d encourage you to apply to Council for support before 28 March.”

A series of information sessions will be held in Wollongong Central Library’s theatrette to provide potential applicants with more details on the Small Cultural Grants, Sponsorship of Community Events and Contribution to Public Bands and Choirs programs. Sessions will be held on February 20 from 12-1pm, and on March 13 from 12-1pm and 5.30-6.30pm. Bookings are essential on (02) 4227 7389 or (02) 4227 7061.

Those interested in applying for support through the Wollongong Heritage Fund should contact Council’s Heritage Officer on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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