The Government continues to support the recovery of the arts and entertainment sector in Grey with a further $105,000 awarded to three cinemas in Grey under the $20 million Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods (SCREEN) Fund.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is very pleased Blyth Cinema, Cinema Augusta and Kadina Cinema have each been awarded $35,000 funding under the latest round of the Screen Fund.
“This funding is on top of $35,000 each for Coober Pedy and Lincoln Cinemas announced in February,” he said.
“These grants will assist independent cinema operators to keep providing a popular, low-cost and COVID-safe way for people to go out and enjoy a movie.
“Our local cinemas are an important part of the fabric of our social life in regional Australia.and it is important we support independent cinemas through tough times.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said independent cinemas are a vital component of Australia’s economic, social and cultural wellbeing.
“The Morrison Government is continuing to provide one-off business continuity grants to support the cinemas resurgence from prolonged closures and capacity restrictions,” Minister Fletcher said.
“We want to keep their doors open, continue offering employment opportunities, and carry on showcasing diverse stories to entertain their communities.”
Administered by Screen Australia, the Government announced a second round of the SCREEN Fund in December 2021 to support independent cinema operators with grants of up to $85,000 if they have experienced significant declines in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SCREEN Fund applications are open until 30 April 2022 or until total funds are committed. For more information and to check eligibility, visit: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/funding-and-support/covid-19-support/screen-fund
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 02 6277 4967 March 15 2022