$320,000 for arts and events grants

29 September 2022

The City of Stirling has approved $320,242 in grants to 14 local community organisations, in the first round of this financial year’s Community Arts and Events Fund (CAEF).

The CAEF enables the City of Stirling to support a wide range of arts and events throughout the year and across the City, providing community groups with access to funding, value-in-kind services and support.

Applications were required to outline how they would support one or more of the following focus areas, which are aligned with the City’s new Strategic Community Plan objectives:

  • Creating vibrant spaces with a sense of place by enhancing and activating the built and natural environment
  • Activities which attract visitors and contribute to a prosperous, creative and innovative City
  • Encouraging a culturally active and engaged community, which fosters health, wellbeing, social connection and strong community spirit
  • Celebrating the City’s diverse communities and cultures.

Mayor Mark Irwin said the City had a bold vision for an inclusive, harmonious, active and vibrant City where communities are able to thrive.

“With such a diverse population, it is important that the City builds strong relationships and supports residents to come together to take part in a vibrant community,” he said.

“We are committed to creating welcoming places that make people feel included and give them a variety of ways to participate in community life. We are also eager to activate local centres, support our cultural sector, and encourage tourism growth.

“Events and projects supported through the CAEF have multiple social outcomes as well as strong economic benefits for local businesses and local activity centres through visitor spending, and the Council sees this as a highly effective way to encourage more people to engage and connect with their community.”

Successful recipients of CAEF grants (funding and value-in-kind) in 2022/2023 Round 1 are:

  • Scarborough Sunset Markets | $50,000 – Scarborough Beach Association
  • Inglewood Monday Night Markets | $50,000 – Inglewood on Beaufort
  • Osborne Park Show 2022 | $44,967 – Osborne Park Agricultural Society
  • Scarbs Beach Party 2022 | $37,650 – WA Music Association
  • Colours Of Italy 2022 | $35,770 – Italian Communities of Perth
  • Mirrabooka NAIDOC 2022 | $29,080 – Mirrabooka NAIDOC Committee
  • Wembley Downs District Fair 2022 | $22,700 – Wembley Downs District Fair Committee
  • Now Sounds | $11,770 – Community Arts Network WA
  • MetSo Young Artist (MYA) Concert Series 2023 | $10,845 – Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
  • Cabaret Show | $6,780 – A Cappella Go
  • Multicultural Youth Talent Show 2022 | $6,380 – Western Australia Multicultural Association
  • Jazz in the Park | $5,350 – Jazz Club of WA
  • Men’s Talk Life Fest | $5,000 – Men’s Talk
  • International Scarf Exchange 2023 | $3,950 – Handweavers Spinners and Dyers Guild of WA.

Applications for Round 2 are currently being assessed and will be presented to Council in October 2022.

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