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Keeping independent cinema doors open in Ballarat

JMR with Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher

The Morrison Government continues to support the recovery of the arts and entertainment sector in Ballarat with the first set of grants from the second round of the $20 million Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods (SCREEN) Fund.

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.

“Independent cinemas are a vital component of Australia’s economic, social and cultural wellbeing, which is why we continue to provide one-off business continuity grants to support the cinemas resurgence from prolonged closures and capacity restrictions,” Minister Fletcher said.

“The Morrison Government has committed $17.7 million to date from the SCREEN Fund to support 200 independent cinemas across the country to keep their doors open, continue offering employment opportunities, and carry on showcasing diverse stories to entertain their communities.”

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the latest grants would allow independent cinema 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.

“I am delighted that Showbiz Cinemas Ballarat has been awarded a $60,000 grant as part of the Morrison Government’s $20 million SCREEN Fund,” Senator Henderson said.

“This funding will enable this much loved entertainment venue to recover from severe disruption suffered during the pandemic as it works towards restoring normal operations as COVID-19 restrictions ease.”

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:

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