Council adopts new community grants funding process

Published on 12 June 2018

Council adopts new community grants funding process

Our community organisations provide enormous benefit to the Northern Grampians Shire, providing emergency services, activities and support for children and families, arts, recreation, civic and environmental activities and much more.

To help community organisations remain effective the Northern Grampians Shire Council has created a new broader and more targeted community grants scheme.

‘Our grants program was not well targeted,’ Cr Tony Driscoll, Mayor of the Northern Grampians Shire Council said. We are aligning our competitive grants program with the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, which means that we are providing grants that support Council priorities,’ he explained.

Organisations with projects aligned to public health and wellbeing can apply for up to $5,000 for their new project. Grants will become available around July and will be offered twice a year.

‘As Council priorities are based on community consultation, the grant process is more transparent and provides clarity to the Council Officers who are liaising with community organisations regarding grant applications,’ Cr. Driscoll added.

When reviewing grant applications, those projects that align with the Northern Grampians Shire Council Health and Wellbeing priorities will be weighted favourably against those that do not.

In addition, there will be two other grant categories that will be available all year. Community Events Grants of up to $1500 to help produce a new event in the shire, and Minor Grants of up to $500. Minor Grants differ in that they will also be available to individuals, for instance, a student who needs assistance to travel to compete in sport.

‘It is difficult for individuals to get grant assistance, so this is an exciting initiative for our community. We hope that the new scheme will encourage more applications from the community sector and deliver great initiatives that will benefit our region,’ Cr Driscoll concluded.