In a win for cultural organisations across regional Australia, a new $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program will help communities stage events and improve their facilities as part of an effort to boost tourism as we emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, encouraged museums, galleries, and historical societies in the Nicholls electorate to apply for grants of up to $3000.

Mr Drum said the funding will assist local communities and economies to re-emerge following an extremely difficult 18-month period due to the pandemic.

“With the Federal Government’s support, we will help rebuild our local economy through the development of collections or exhibits, improved facilities for visitors, and the digitisation of local heritage collections for future generations to enjoy,” Mr Drum said.

“I encourage arts, cultural and heritage organisations in Nicholls to apply for a CHART grant as this will assist us to continue to offer appealing cultural tourism experiences in our regional communities.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the CHART program will help successful applicants stage events and improve their facilities to encourage tourists to return to regional areas, providing a much needed boost to their local economies.

“Funding will support activities that encourage cultural tourism, through the preservation of Australia’s cultural heritage and, in particular, the telling of the stories of local communities,” Mr Fletcher said.

The Australian Museums and Galleries Association is delivering the program on behalf of the Federal Government. Applications close April 29, 2022 – or once all funding is expended, whichever comes first.

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The Federal Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.


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