More local opportunities – Community grants funding doubled to $400,000 for 2017/2018 financial year

19/07/2017

Georges River Council Administrator John Rayner said the total amount available for local community groups to apply for through the Georges River Community Grants Program has doubled to $400,000.
Mr Rayner explained that the funding had been expanded to allow for two grants programs to be run throughout the 2017/2018 financial year.

“Round one of the Georges River Community Grants Program has received a positive response with 73 applications received requesting funding of up to $10,000,” he said.

“Applications are currently being assessed and Council will endorse the successful applications at its next Council meeting to be held on 7 August.”

“The scope of these community projects can cover areas such as community development, culture and arts development, environment and conservation, and sports and recreation,” he said.
 
Mr Rayner added a second round of grant funding within the financial year will provide further opportunities for local community organisations to expand their services and facilities.
 
 “More information on how to apply for the second round of grant funding will be announced shortly.

In addition to holding two rounds of the Community Grants Program, Council is offering a 21-seat bus for community use.

Mr Rayner said by donating the community bus to a local not-for profit organisation through a merit-based selection process ensures Council can offer it to a section of the community with the greatest need.

“Council has received five applications for the community bus and the new owner of the community bus will be endorsed at the Council meeting on 7 August.”

Mr Rayner added that the expanded Venue Hire Grants Program is already actively benefitting a number of local-not-for-profit community groups and organisations through its increased access to free or reduced hire costs for Council-owned venues and facilities.

“Council has awarded 38 venue hire grants to the value of $127,912, which helps to subsidise community services, activities and events that benefit the local community and lead to greater positive outcomes for residents.”

“While in future years, the Venue Hire Grants Program may only be open in one single round, Council is accepting applications for the 2017/2018 financial year on an ad-hoc basis,” he said.

“I encourage any interested local not-for profit organisations to contact Council and find out how to submit an application”.
 
For more information on these initiatives, please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Community/Grants-and-Sponsorship.   
 
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