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Over $170,000 up for grabs for community projects

Publish Date 03/04/2018

More than $170,000 in funding will be made available to kick start community projects across Port Stephens when Council’s annual grant programs open on Monday 9 April 2018.

With five funding pools on offer for community, culture, environment, heritage and Aboriginal projects, there are plenty of opportunities to apply for funding.

The grant programs will be officially launched at Council’s chambers from 3-4.30pm Monday 9 April, where previously successful grant recipients and staff will be available to give information and advice on how to complete the application process over afternoon tea.

General Manager Wayne Wallis says the grant programs are a fantastic way that Council is investing in the local community.

“This year, our grant programs are offering over $170,000 to worthy ideas across the categories of community, culture, environment, heritage, and Aboriginal projects. It really does allow for any idea, at any stage, to be developed and brought to life.

“We’re looking for projects which add vibrancy, empower and contribute to the development of communities across Port Stephens,” Mr Wallis said.

“It’s just one way that Council is investing in our local community and helping individuals and groups to get their bright ideas off the ground.

“I’d encourage anyone who is interested in applying to come along to the launch, chat to past recipients and learn from their experiences,” he said.

"Each year, the standard of applicants impresses with the creativity and ingenuity. I’m looking forward to seeing what exciting concepts come through this year," he added.

Council's grant programs include:

Aboriginal Projects Fund

  • Aims to support and empower the local Aboriginal community
  • $35,000 available annually
  • Grants up to $10,000

Cultural Projects Fund

  • For projects contributing to a stronger sense of belonging and pride in the community as well as activate local places
  • $60,000 annually
  • Grants up to $3,000

Environment Projects Fund

  • Formerly the Small Environmental Grants and the Schools Environmental Fund
  • 355c Committees of Council can apply for up to $2,000 annually per committee
  • Schools can apply for up to $500 for environmental projects for their schools

Community Projects Fund

  • Aims to support sporting, community service activities and community celebrations
  • $36,000 available annually
  • Grants up to $2,000

Heritage Projects Fund

  • Formerly the Local Heritage Assistance Fund
  • Aims to support heritage assessments, conservation policies and management plans as well as conservation work on heritage buildings, heritage landscape works and interpretation projects involving research and presentation of heritage items
  • Grants up to $2,000 to be matched dollar for dollar

The ClubGrants program is also currently open to projects addressing community welfare and social services, community development, employment assistance activities, community health services and projects aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people. Applications are open from now until 15 May 2018.

All Council grant programs open Monday 9 April and close 5pm Sunday 7 May 2018.  For more information about Council's grant programs or ClubGrants, visit our Grants and Scholarships page or come along to our information session at Council’s chambers from 3-4.30pm Monday 9 April 2018.