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Grant Programs

Grants are funds that are provided to the community to assist in the provision of projects or services that support Council's strategic plans and for which Council only receives acknowledgement as the grant giver.

Applications for  2017/18 have now closed and recommendations were tabled at Council on 27 June 2017.

All previous successful grants are required to be acquitted before any new applications will be considered. Please contact the responsible officer for the relevant acquittal requirements.

Please find below general information about Council's grant programs.

Aboriginal Projects Fund

The Aboriginal Projects Fund is one way in which Council is committed to delivering on the following strategic direction specified in Council's Community Strategic Plan 2013 – 2023:

OUR LIFESTYLE - Arts & Culture: Port Stephens has a vibrant cultural life.

Applications are invited annually (May/June) in conjunction with applications for Council's Cultural Projects Fund. It is an annual, one-off small grants program and its purpose is to support community projects designed and/or intended to empower local Aboriginal people in areas of the community including, but not limited to:

  • recognition, awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal culture;
  • education, training and employment generating initiatives;
  • events and activities which recognise and celebrate Aboriginal culture;
  • resources to assist in the effective delivery of services and programs to the Port Stephens Aboriginal community;
  • community development;
  • recreational development;
  • health and well-being.

Total funding available is $35,000 and applications can be up to a maximum of $10,000 per application for each project. Funding is required to be spent in the Port Stephens Local Government area and successful grants over $500 are required to be acquitted.

For assistance on how to best meet application guidelines, contact Council's Community Development and Engagement Officer.

Contact
Community Development and Engagement Unit
Phone: (02) 4988 0190
Email council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

At the ordinary meeting of Council on 25 August 2015, Council endorsed the allocation of Aboriginal Projects Funds for the following projects:

  • $8,000 - Mission Chew Café for barista and food harvesting training.
  • $4,000 - Medowie Public School for their Bush Tucker Learning Centre.
  • $6,000 - Hunter River High School for the Ngarralbaa Outdoor Learning Centre.
  • $3,000 - Karuah Public School for Dance Troupe costumes, Sista Speak program and school mosaic project.
  • $4,000 - YMCA for their Healthy Body Healthy Mind program.
  • $1,000 - Koastal Warriors Under 17's Rugby League Football Club for team jerseys.
  • $4,000 -  Worimi Dolphins Rugby League Football Club to participate in the 2015 Koori Knockout.
  • $5,000 - Wahroonga Aboriginal Corporation for their Men's Business Cultural Program.

Congratulations to the successful applicants! If you would like more information on the above projects please contact the Community Development and Engagement Officer.

Acquit your grant:

Acquit your grant online

Cultural Projects Fund

Each year, Council provides funding to support community driven cultural programs and activities in Port Stephens.

The funding program is one way by which Council is committed to delivering on the following strategic directions specified in Council's Community Strategic Plan 2013-2023:

Our Lifestyle

  • recreation, leisure, arts and culture: Port Stephens has a diverse range of passive and active lifestyle opportunities that are considered by users to be safe, convenient, reliable and affordable;
  • promote and enhance the cultural identity of Port Stephens; and
  • preserve and promote Port Stephens heritage, arts and culture.

The Port Stephens Cultural Plan 2015-2018 provides an important reference for future project applicants. Annual funding guidelines that outline eligibly criteria are made available at this time to assist applicants to prepare a funding submission.

Snapshot

Community groups over the years have developed and delivered some fantastic projects with the support of Council's Cultural Project Fund. Below are 'snapshots' of past projects that highlight the impact of well-planned and managed cultural development activity.

Contact
Community Development and Engagement Unit
Phone: (02) 4988 0255
Email council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

All previous projects funded through the Cultural Project Fund are required to be acquitted by the applicant before any new applications will be considered. Please fill out the on line form below and submit a project Snapshot

Acquit your grant:

Acquit your grant online

Environmental Projects Fund - 355c

These grants are only open to 355C Committees of Council for projects with environmental benefit on public land. This includes planting native locally endemic species, bush regeneration, erosion control, pathways (only when it is mitigating an environmental hazard), fencing (to protect natural bushland areas) and educational signage.  Projects must be discussed with the relevant areas parks co-ordinator.

If you are unsure as to whether your project fits this criteria please contact Peta Harris (02) 4980 0407 or Philippa Hill (02) 4980 0279.

Projects that won't be funded:

  • projects with a primarily aesthetic focus;
  • seating;
  • pathways through mown areas;
  • park facilities; and
  • planting of hybrids or exotics not native to the Port Stephens area.

Individual projects can apply for up to $2,000. Committees may apply for up to two individual projects. These must be on distinct and separate sites. All previous projects funded through the Environmental Projects Fund are required to be acquitted by the applicant before any new applications will be considered.

Contact
Coast and Estuary Officer
Phone: (02) 4980 0255
Email: council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Environmental Projects Fund - Schools

Funding is available to schools within the Port Stephens Local Government Area to undertake environmental projects. Schools can apply for works up to an amount of $500. The environmental project/activity should promote and encourage student participation as well as increase awareness of environmental issues for the benefit of this generation and future generations.

Contact
Environmental Education Officer
Phone: (02) 4980 0255
Email:council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Heritage Projects Fund

Each year, Council provides small grants to assist heritage projects through the Heritage Projects Fund. Port Stephens Council administers this fund with support from the NSW Heritage Office.

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for the owners of heritage-listed items and items in conservation areas identified in the Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan 2013. This small grants program encourages conservation works to commercial, residential and other places of heritage value within the Port Stephens Local Government Area. The fund aims to deliver good heritage and urban design management outcomes in the Port Stephens area.

Grant funding of around $2,000 can be made available towards a heritage project valued at $4,000 or more.

Eligible projects include the following:

  • heritage assessments, conservation policies and conservation plans to guide conservation works;
  • conservation works and maintenance including structural repairs and reconstruction of missing items such as fences, verandahs, roof cladding and decorative detail;
  • to meet Building Code of Australia upgrades (fire, services and access) for ongoing and new uses;
  • heritage colour schemes;
  • heritage landscape works including repairs to significant garden elements; and
  • interpretation projects involving research and presentation of heritage items.

Contact
Strategic Planning Unit
Phone: (02) 4980 0255
Email council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Community Projects Fund

Community Projects Fund is one of the areas available to the community to make application to Council. Applications are invited annually for areas of the community such as, but not limited to:

  • Heritage matters (assets, acquisition or local history);
  • Sporting;
  • Community Service activities;
  • Community Celebrations; and
  • General community interest.

Community Projects Funds can be up to a maximum of $2,000 per application for each project and will be required to be spent in the Port Stephens Local Government Area. Successful grants over $1,000 are required to be acquitted. All previous projects funded through the Community Projects Funds are required to be acquitted by the applicant before any new applications will be considered.

Contact
Governance Manager
Phone: (02) 4980 0255
Email: council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Community Capacity Building Fund

The Community Capacity Building Fund is for special projects (excluding events) that provide specific benefits to the community of Port Stephens.  Grants are not competitive, a maximum $10,000 and are determined by Council after completion of an application.

Contact
Governance Manager
Phone: (02) 4980 0255
Email: council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Rapid Response

Funding provides the ability for a councilor to assist the community with a monetary donation of value up to $500.

Contact
Governance Manager
Phone: (02) 4980 0255
Email: council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Mayoral Fund

Funding is made available at the discretion of the Mayor under this Mayoral Fund.

Contact
Governance Manager
Phone: (02) 4980 0255
Email: council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

ClubGrants (formally CDSE)

Council assists Clubs NSW deliver its grant program in the region.

Clubs that earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue provide funding for community projects and services and in turn receive dollar-for-dollar gaming tax deductions. In 2010, clubs reported ClubGRANTS (formerly CDSE) expenditure at over $63 million across New South Wales.

Applications for ClubGRANTS open 3 April and close 14 May 2017.

The ClubsNSW Port Stephens Local Area Committee invites applications for Category 1 funding each year. Local priorities have been confirmed by the committee and applications should address these.

It is advised that you review the participating local Port Stephens clubs on the ClubGrants website or talk to the ClubGrant representative from the individual clubs in regard to your proposed Project.

Contact
Community Development and Engagement Unit
Phone: (02) 4980 0190
Email council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au