Bill Johnston | Quest Newspapers | January 17, 2014

Vulcana Women’s Circus will be able to deliver projects for 2014 after a groundswell of community support and a state government funding deal. Source: News Limited

After two months of intensive bake sales, cabaret performances, donations and a sit-up-a-thon Vulcana Women’s Circus have been saved for 2014.

The organisation had its core funding cut after Arts Queensland rejected the circus’s grant application for triennial funding in October 2013.

The circus responded with its 1000 women strong campaign with the aim of raising $50,000 by the end of December to prevent closing its doors this month.

General manager Kitty Carra said the circus had organised cabaret fundraising performances and the public had rallied with bake sales, a sit-up-a-thon and hundreds of donations between $20 and $1500 to raise a total of $30,000.

Kitty Carra from Vulcana Women’s Circus says without community support the organisation would have shut its doors in January. Source: News Limited

“The circus has been saved by the community, otherwise we would be closing in January,” she said.

Ms Carra said the organisation had also approached the State Government who had contributed the remaining $20,000.

She said the community circus would introduce children’s classes and use 2014 to re-evaluate how they ran the circus.

Vulcana Women’s Circus had core funding cut by the State Government, but was able to secure different funding and support from the public to stay open. Source: News Limited

In a statement, Arts Minister Ian Walker said the state government had allowed for organisations advance projects and planning in the time frames for triennial grant applications.

He said BoardConnect would assist organisations which were not successful to plan for their future and organisations would be able to apply for up to $60,000 Projects and Programs Funding and additional touring grants.

“Arts Queensland employs a dedicated Grant Support Officer to assist the arts industry in accessing and understanding all available arts support resources and funding,” Mr Walker said.