SUCCESSFUL applicants for grants from Coffs Harbour City Council have been awarded certificates by the Mayor, Cr Denise Knight, at a ceremony at the regional gallery.
Awards were made to 22 organisations or projects with a total of $34,600 allocated.
Cr Knight said the assessment panel remarked on the overall high quality of application this year.
"Considerable innovation was demonstrated by a number of new applicants," Cr Knight said.
"Most of the community members involved in these projects are volunteers and put huge amounts of their own time into arts organisations purely through a love of music, film, performance or any of the art forms.
"Many groups with diverse cultural backgrounds are involved in these projects.
"This year in particular, many of the projects will give young people in our community the opportunity to learn new skills or showcase their talents."
Coffs Harbour Arts Council received a number of grants after handling applications on behalf of several organisations.
Others to receive funding included Coffs Harbour City Orchestra, Woolgoolga Art Group, Sing Australia Pty Ltd, Coffs Harbour City Choir, Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce, Coffs Harbour Creative Arts Group Inc, Coffs Harbour Writers Group, Coffs Harbour High School P&C, 2CHYFM, Miindala - NALAG (National Organisation of Loss and Grief), Auspicious Arts Projects Inc, Key Employment, Galambila Aboriginal Health Service Inc, Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium, Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival, Sawtell Art Group and STARTTS.