Georges River Council approves New Stronger Communities Fund and Community Grants Program to assist local organisations

06/07/2016

Georges River Council has determined the way in which allocations from the new Stronger Communities Fund and Community Grants Program will occur, announced today by Council’s Administrator John Rayner.

“The Stronger Communities Fund, worth $1 million, which is designed for community infrastructure projects of significance and value to the local area,” he said.

“This funding is part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities funding commitment to newly merged councils. Groups in our area can apply for grant funding of up to $50,000 each in this category.”

“This funding, plus $9 million from the State Government for new Council infrastructure projects, is very much appreciated.”

Mr Rayner said that in addition to this state funding, Georges River Council is allocating $200,000 to community groups and organisations through the Georges River Community Grants Program.

“Not for profit community organisations will be able to apply for funding of up to $10,000 each for their proposed projects,” he said.

“Within each program, funds will be allocated according to a merit-based assessment of their contribution.”
Both Grant Programs have the following four categories
 
  • Community development
  • Culture and arts development
  • Environment and Conservation
  • Sport and recreation.
“We know that many community organisations which provide valuable support to our community will benefit from additional resources through these funding programs,” said Mr Rayner.

“We are looking for projects and programs which target one or more of these categories, are innovative, and provide a revitalised local approach to the area. We would also like to see community organisations work in partnership with each other.

“Georges River Council is committed to supporting locally-driven projects and initiatives which meet local needs and build capacity in the local area.”

Projects may include upgrades of club or sporting facilities, or providing funds for community programs, cultural events or sustainability initiatives. Georges River Council will shortly release funding guidelines and criteria for applying for these two grants.

Later this month, Council will release funding guidelines and criteria for applying for these two grants. For more information visit Council’s website at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

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