An early Christmas present is on its way for Heathcote artists receiving a combined $154,640 in NSW Government funding for local arts and cultural activities.

These recipients are among of 97 diverse projects sharing in over $5 million as part of the first round of Create NSW’s 2020/21 Arts & Cultural Funding Program on behalf of the NSW Government.

Open to individual artists, arts and cultural workers, partnerships and organisations, the funding supports professional projects at any stage of the creative process with the aim of delivering a more vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector in NSW.

I am delighted to advise Spunk Records received $44,800 for their “Hometowns 2021” project, New Steel City Strings received $29,840 for their “Earth Connections” project and South Coast Writers Centre received $80,000 for their 2021 Program.

The funding will contribute to supporting the local arts community in a time when it is most needed.

We have a vibrant arts and cultural sector that has been hard hit by combined impacts this year, and I am thrilled the NSW Government is supporting Spunk Records, New Steel City Strings and South Coast Writers Centre through the Arts and Cultural Funding Program.

I know the Heathcote community is looking forward to experiencing and engaging with the local arts and cultural sector as they reopen their doors.

Round 1 also includes over $535,000 for projects and programs that are Aboriginal-led or have a significant focus on First Nations content.

A full list of Round 1 recipients is available here. All applications were assessed against published criteria and ranked in order of merit by the Artform Advisory Boards.

Round 2 of Create NSW’s 2020/21 Creative Koori, Project and Annual Organisation funding will open on 1 February 2021. For further information on arts, screen and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities, visit the Create NSW website at