The Government continues to support the recovery of the arts and entertainment sector in Grey with a total of $70,000 awarded to two cinemas under the first set of grants from the second round of the $20 million Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods (SCREEN) Fund.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the grants would support the recovery of independent cinemas from significant declines in revenue due to COVID-19.
Under this round of the program Lincoln Cinema and Coober Pedy Drive-In will both receive $35,000 each
“This funding will help these independent facilities to keep operating during a period of severe disruption, which is so important to the fabric of our community,” he said.
“The latest grants will allow the operators to keep providing a popular, low-cost and COVID-safe way for people to go out and enjoy a movie as part of their local community.
“In the last round of this program Blyth, Kadina, Port Augusta and Lincoln Cinema received funding.”
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said a total of 125 independent cinemas across the country would receive a share $7.3 million from the latest round of SCREEN Fund grants to support their resurgence from COVID-19 disruption.
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
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