- Thursday 19 May 2011
Council has endorsed several key changes to the way it provides financial support to the community, resulting in a program which is more reflective of our growing community’s needs.
The changes were made following a recent review of council’s community funding programs and were adopted at yesterday’s Ordinary Meeting of Council.
Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the review gave council the opportunity to make sure the community continues to receive the greatest benefit from the funding programs.
"This year, council’s funding programs provided $5.6 million in assistance to community groups to enable them to deliver support and services which may not have otherwise been available," Cr McKay said.
"The review process took into consideration feedback from local community groups and past grant applicants, and indicated people were really pleased with what’s available.
"Two of the funding programs will have new categories, and council has strengthened the guidelines and eligibility criteria to make the process clearer for applicants.
"Also a change to the eligibility criteria means that organisations with no more than 25 gaming machines can now apply for council funding.
"The Grants Program will have a new Festive Season category, and the Community Partnership Funding Program will now include Cultural Heritage and Economic Development categories.
"More support will be available to groups throughout the application process, and an Emergency Grant will be open all year, with applications being speedily processed in times of need."
These new programs and categories will apply to funding in the 2011/2012 financial year.
Community groups are encouraged to check out the new guidelines and categories available on council’s website before making their next application.
The Community Partnership Funding Program and the new Sports Field Maintenance Program will open on Monday 23 May. The next round of the Grants Program will open in July.