2020 Magnetic Places grants open

2020 Magnetic Places grants open

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Are you an artist with fresh ideas on how to connect communities safely? 

Ready to create and share powerful stories with local residents in priority neighbourhoods?

 Apply now for a Magnetic Places arts grant and make your idea a reality.

Penrith City Council has reimagined the annual Magnetic Places Grants Program in 2020 to support innovative alternatives to in-person participation during these changing times of social distancing. 

Grants for Australian artists are now available for exciting projects that bring local residents together, in new ways, to transform how people see and feel about the places where they live.

The Magnetic Places Grants Program has produced over 93 creative community projects in 12 years that have transformed local places in communities living with disadvantage.

Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said there’s never been a better time for Magnetic Places to help rebuild and strengthen our community than during the COVID-19 recovery phase. 

“For over a decade, Magnetic Places has helped to bring people together and transform local spaces,” Cr Fowler said.

“As we’re now looking for ways to reconnect following the pandemic, programs like these help to reunite our residents, build social connections and revitalise our sense of shared spaces.”

The grant program encourages suitable applicants to apply for up to $10,000 to:

• deliver an arts project that connects with people to transform how they see and feel about where they live

• use successful alternatives to in-person participation to connect people within a neighbourhood during these challenging times of social distancing

• involve different people in the community to participate including those experiencing ongoing social isolation 

• engage specifically with people who live in one or more of these neighbourhoods: Cambridge Park, Colyton, Cranebrook, Kingswood, Kingswood Park, Llandilo, Londonderry, North St Marys, Oxley Park, Penrith (suburb), St Marys, Werrington.  

Collaborations with local organisations and groups are especially welcome.

For more information see the Magnetic Places section on the Grants page.

Applications for Magnetic Places grants open today (Wednesday 6 May) and close Wednesday 27 May 2020.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Sunday, 10 May 2020.