The Canberra-based Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has today received a $327,000 grant to continue their successful Online Storytime initiative, thanks to the Liberal-National Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RSE) Fund.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said the $20 million funding round was especially important during such a difficult period for the sector.

“Demand for RISE funding has been significant since it opened last year. The latest funding will be allocated immediately to create more than 23,000 employment opportunities across the country,” Minster Fletcher said.

“Our commitment to these organisations will play an important part in rebuilding our local arts and entertainment sectors and will assist in the long-term sustainability of cultural and creative organisations throughout the ACT.”

Senator Seselja said the Online Storytime initiative has helped librarians across Australia to bring communities together, even when COVID meant we were physically apart.”

“Thanks to this grant, storytimes will continue to be beamed into the living rooms of families right across Canberra and the country, through the ALIA’s Online Storytime program,” Senator Seselja said.

“The grant will build on the successful pilot program run throughout 2020, supporting Australian authors, illustrators, and publishers through increased exposure of their works, while families get to enjoy the experience of a new storybook they otherwise mightn’t have come across.”

“To date, the Government has allocated $160 million of the $200 million RISE Fund, creating more the 167,000 jobs and expanding cultural and creative experiences for audiences cross Australia.

The Liberal-National Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.