Time to apply for MidCoast Council’s Stronger Communities funding

MidCoast Council Community Development Coordinator Lyndie Hepple with John Williams from the Myall U3A.
MidCoast Council Community Development Coordinator Lyndie Hepple with John Williams from the Myall U3A.

 

APPLICATIONS for the second round of the Stronger Communities funding open on 1 May, with $500,000 up for grabs across the MidCoast region.

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Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations can apply for grants of up to $50,000 to improve services or facilities.

This could include upgrading existing facilities, the introduction of new community services, or funding for sporting infrastructure or equipment.

To assist with the application process, MidCoast Council Community Development Coordinator Lyndie Hepple, led a workshop in Tea Gardens last week.

Lyndie said in the first round of funding allocated in November last year, 17 community projects were selected from 76 applications across the region.

The successful projects ranged from boatsheds and community gardens, to hall refurbishments and exercise trails.

During the workshop, Lyndie stressed the need for applications to address all criteria points to be considered.

Similar sessions have been held in Taree, Forster and Gloucester.

“The workshops have been generating quite a bit of interest with about 20 people at each,” Lyndie told News Of The Area.

“By the reaction, I can see there has been a great response to the collaboration, which has allowed people to get a better understanding of the process.”

The Stronger Communities Funds come from a one-off allocation to merged councils, made available through the NSW Government’s ’Fit For the Future’ reform program.

Applications for the final round of funding close on 9 June, 2017.

“Get them in as early as possible, and don’t leave it to the last few days,” Lyndie said.

Further information is available on Council’s website.

For general enquiries, Lyndie Hepple can be contact on 6591 7490 or email [email protected]

By John SAHYOUN

Funding Workshop: Senior Constable Rob Wylie with Angela Randell representing the Hawks River Rugby League Club and Jane Eastabrook from Tea Gardens Sharks Soccer Club.
Funding Workshop: Senior Constable Rob Wylie with Angela Randell representing the Hawks River Rugby League Club and Jane Eastabrook from Tea Gardens Sharks Soccer Club.

 

Stronger Communities Funding information session in Tea Gardens.
Stronger Communities Funding information session in Tea Gardens.

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