15 Jul, 2014

Council endorses over $2m in grants and sponsorship funding

City of Adelaide has endorsed more than $2million in grants and sponsorship funding over the next twelve months to support a diverse range of arts, cultural events, festivals, recreation and community development programs.

“There is no doubt that grants funding and sponsorship assist organisations and individuals to give back to the community whether that be through creating an event for the community or delivering a piece of public art,” said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.

“In a place the size of Adelaide it is remarkable the number of people and organisations with innovative and interesting ideas for projects, events and activities in our city.

“It really is wonderful that we can redirect pivotal funds straight back into the community, where they’re needed most, and that our community is so keen to continue making Adelaide a great place to be.

“Our grants and sponsorship funding makes a big difference to a lot of people and in many cases, without our funding, these programs and events wouldn’t be possible, and being able to help is a good feeling,” he said.

This year sponsorship and grant funding falls under three main categories: Community Development Grants, Arts and Living Culture Grants and Sponsorship of Events and Festivals.

1. Community Development Grants

Over $300,000 will be provided in Round 1 Major Grants for projects that respond to program priorities including strengthening reconciliation practices and more inclusive responses to meet the needs of isolated and marginalised groups.

Multiyear funding recipients including Catherine House, Hutt Street Centre, Reclink, Shelter SA, Unity Housing, Tandanya, Adelaide Day Centre and the Aboriginal Sobriety Group will be joined by new recipients of funding including:

  • Kurruru Youth ($15k/annum) for SA NAIDOC week activities)
  • Access2Arts ($15k/annum) to assist in providing a program of workshops at the City Library to empower Deaf and disabled artists to become lead creators, explorers and trainers of digital arts practice
  • Brian Burdekin Clinic Health and Welfare Services Inc ($35k/annum) to provide an outreach program for community reintegration service and support for disconnected city residents

“These agencies provide essential services to the community including opportunities to improve health and well-being through recreation and activities that will ultimately assist in empowering the vulnerable,” Stephen said.

In addition to Major Grants, the Community Development Grants Program provided over $90,000 during 2013/14 through the Minor and Quick Response categories. Examples of activities undertaken through this grants program include:

  • local place making activities such as ‘The Not So Square’ project, where local resident and experienced storyteller Helen Lawry brought together a walking tour of historic building and sites around Whitemore Square/Iparitji
  • Cycling for Culture, a reconciliation bike ride concluding with a celebration at Piltawodle the site of the first Aboriginal School in Adelaide.

2. Arts and Cultural Grants

The purpose of the Arts and Cultural Grants funding is to assist with artistic development, cultural groups and community programs that deliver inspiring art and activities that make a positive and creative contribution to the city. More than $136,000 has been allocated to applicants for the 2014/15 financial year and recipients of Round 1 fall into three categories:

  • Artistic Development
    • Adelaide Youth Orchestra 2014-15 Artistic Development program - Adelaide Youth Orchestra ($5000)
    • Our Mob Contemporary: behind the glass - Adelaide Festival Centre ($5,600)
  • Public Art
    • Ash Keating CACSA Contemporary 2014 - Contemporary Art Centre of SA ($8,000)
    • FELTnatural - FELTspace ($6938)
    • Daily - John Denlay ($3071)
  • Community programs and events
  • Subjects Matter: Portraits by Kids 2014 - Carclew Youth Arts Inc ($8,000)
  • West End Arts Twilight Thursday 2014 – Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art ($8,000)
  • 2015 SA Refugee Week Cultural Program – Migrant Resource Centre of Sa Inc ($8,000)
  • Volkstanzfest 2015 – Bund der Bayern Inc ($3,450)
  • Adelaide Pongal 2015 Harvest Festival – Adelaide Tamil Association Inc ($4,000)
  • And a number of others

3. Sponsorship of Major Events / Activities

Council allocates significant funding to high profile major events and activities that provide significant economic benefit and create vibrancy within the city. Some of these allocations have multi-year funding to allow for future planning within organisations.

Council is continuing to support the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Tour Down Under, WOMADelaide, the Credit Union Christmas Pageant and Carols by Candlelight as well as the 2015 Cabaret Festival and the 2015 World Duathlon and a number of other major events.

For more information

Rebecca Draysey