Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is passionate about building community partnerships with not for profit organisations who play an important role in bringing to life local projects that have a broad local community benefit.
The 2016/2017 Community Grants Program, Round 1 will open at the end of July with $90,000 in grant funding on offer to help local community groups.
Director Tricia Bulic said Port Macquarie Hastings Council is keen to continue to build on the fantastic partnerships already established with our community through offering the Community Grants Program once again.
“We look forward to seeing what projects can be supported through these funds and the great results the entire community can benefit from,” she said.
Community groups are encouraged to find out more by attending one of the information sessions being held in the coming weeks in Laurieton, Wauchope and Port Macquarie.
Council staff will provide an overview of the grants on offer and guide attendees through the process of completing and submitting an application.
Last financial year, Council distributed approximately $180,000 to over 50 local community organisations to assist in increasing participation, accessibility and the range of quality community activities and programs including supporting Hastings U3A to purchase a defibrillator, Port City Church’s Christmas on the Beach and new fencing for Kendall Riding for the Disabled.
In this round grants will be offered in five different categories including Christmas and New Years Eve Events, Place Making, Environmental, General Community and Non-Council Owned Halls.
Information Sessions will take place as follows:
Port Macquarie - 12 July from 12pm to 1pm at Port Macquarie Council Chambers Port Macquarie - 18 July from 5pm to 6pm at Port Macquarie Council Chambers Laurieton - 19 July from 12pm to 1pm at Laurieton United Services Club Wauchope - 22 July from 12pm to 1pm at Wauchope Senior Citizen Centre.
It is important to note that community groups wishing to submit a grant application who have not been to an information session in the last two years must have one member attend one of the four workshops to be eligible to receive funding.
Applications open on July 25 and close on Friday August 26.
Successful recipients will be announced in September.
To register for one of the workshops, or for more information visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/communitygrants, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 6581 8111 or drop into any of Council’s Customer Service Centres.