$2M funding for Chch artists
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:44a.m.
Artists and arts organisations in earthquake-hit Christchurch are getting a $1.25 million funding boost for support.
Creative New Zealand, the country's arts council, today said it was increasing funds available, in addition to $750,000 already committed, to its Earthquake Emergency Response Fund.
Artists and organisations would have $1m available in the 2010/2011 financial year and a further $1m in 2011/2012.
"In the current challenging environment where much of the arts infrastructure, such as spaces to create and perform, is not available it's important that the arts community through collaboration and innovation are able to begin to recover as soon as possible," Arts Council chairman Alastair Carruthers said.
"The power of the arts to entertain, inspire and to enhance a sense of well-being is essential to the people of Christchurch in these incredibly difficult times."
Applicants can apply for a grant from the fund if their organisation or project has been affected as a direct result of September or February earthquakes.
Information about eligibility criteria could be found on the Creative New Zealand website.
Meanwhile, Variety, a children's charity, was seeking applications from families and children who needed help following the February 22 earthquake.
The charity has raised more than $164,000 through donations to its earthquake appeal.
The charity's projects include replacing mobility and medical equipment for children with special needs, providing toys or equipment for those who suffered great loss.
If people require help, they are encouraged to visit variety.org.nz.
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