Call it the artists’ Coronavirus lifeline.

Toowoomba Region artists whose livelihoods have been severely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic are being urged to apply for a new professional development grant.

Applications for the My Corona Project – $1000 Covid-19 Relief RADF Grant open today (Friday, June 26). Applications must be lodged by Friday, July 10.

Toowoomba Regional Council Library and Cultural Services portfolio leader Cr Tim McMahon said the My Corona Project was a specially designed collaboration that would link artists with regional business owners to explore a range of career development options.

Cr McMahon said the $1000 grants would offer opportunities for artists who have an Australian Business Number to learn new skills, participate in online networking and explore new collaborations.

“Artists might have plenty of inspiration for creative work, but the drastic loss of income through the cancellation of displays coupled with the closure of exhibition venues has highlighted the importance of forging partnerships with supportive business owners,” Cr McMahon said.

“The grants aim to unlock a range of professional and innovative development opportunities for eligible artists and people who work in the creative industries.”

The $1000 grant includes:
• access to a minimum of two and maximum of four professional development sessions with local businesses listed below, and
• successful applicants can retain up to $500 to put towards costs of improvements for their practice and/or business that will assist their professional development.

Successful applicants will be required to:
• attend a networking event with other applicants at the end of the year, and
• submit a report covering how they spent funding and how they benefited.

Cr McMahon said successful applicants would be required to complete their activities by November 30, 2020.

More information can be found at www.tr.qld.gov.au/grants

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. RADF is a flexible fund, enabling Councils to tailor RADF programs to suit the needs of their communities.

The My Corona Project Covid-19 Relief RADF Grant is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Toowoomba Regional Council, South West Queensland Regional Arts, and in conjunction with local businesses; Alex Stalling Artist, Atticus Business Accounting, ELM Media and Marketing, Enterprise Legal and Phoebe Tully.