Council is encouraging artistic residents to apply for funding to support their creative endeavours.
Council is encouraging artistic residents to apply for funding to support their creative endeavours. Lachlan McIvor

Thousands of $$$ available for artistic residents

SOUTH Burnett Council is encouraging artistic residents to apply for funding to support their creative endeavours.

Council's Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is available for the skill development of South Burnett professional artists, emerging artists and arts practitioners, and to increase local participation in the arts in the South Burnett region.

Council invites residents to put their hands up for the available funding as it doesn't want to end the financial year with another surplus like last financial year.

In the 2017/18 financial year, there was $4609 in excess in the arts fund from a total budget of $17,500.

This financial year, the Regional Arts Development Fund for local artists is $17,942.

Council representative for community, arts, tourism and health services, Cr Danita Potter, said it was important for local artists to access the funding.

"Whether you are into video recording, photography or any form of arts, you can apply,” Cr Potter said.

"There may be a photographer wants to do a photography class and if they can take those skills and share them with the South Burnett community, then they should apply,” she said.

Council has, each previous year, carried over a surplus of funding and therefore it is difficult to demonstrate that the local demand exceeds the funding available from Arts Queensland.

If enough people apply for the funding, council can continue to make a pitch for funding from Arts Queensland.

The funding is available to both groups and individuals.

Round two of the Regional Arts Development funding opens in February, along with various other community grants.

For more information on the Community Grants Program contact council 4189 9100.