Lake Macquarie City Council offering artists grants of up to $2500

APPLY NOW: Lake Macquarie City Council is offering artists an opportunity to receive a grant worth up to $2500 in a program aimed at supporting the creative community during COVID-19.
APPLY NOW: Lake Macquarie City Council is offering artists an opportunity to receive a grant worth up to $2500 in a program aimed at supporting the creative community during COVID-19.

Lake Macquarie artists have the opportunity to receive grants of up to $2500 in a program aimed at supporting the city's creative community during COVID-19.

Jacqui Hemsley, Lake Macquarie City Council's manager arts, culture and tourism, said the grants, worth a total of $11,500, recognised the importance of strengthening the local government area's cultural and creative industries.

"COVID-19 has caused uncertainty and posed challenges for many of our local artists," Ms Hemsley said.

"This funding program aims to provide support and inspire their creativity."

"It's an opportunity for innovation and for people to think about the contribution the arts make to society, whatever else is happening in the world."

Applicants can apply for the second round of grants within five categories: Research and Development, Creative Presentation, Emerging Musician and Creative Professional Development.

The council awarded $13,500 last week in first round grants to 10 local applicants.

Among last week's grant recipients was local creative Alexandra Mangano, who will use the funding to help develop SILLY-YAK, a children's book that lends a voice to young people with coeliac disease.

Lake Macquarie artist Alexandra Mangano.

Lake Macquarie artist Alexandra Mangano.

For Ms Mangano, the grant is a helping hand in realising her creative vision.

"It is such an amazing opportunity to get support from Lake Macquarie City Council to grow my creative project," she said.

Applications for the second round of grants closes at 5pm on Monday, May 25. To submit your application, go to lakemac.smartygrants.com.

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