According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, there are many grant/funding streams available that can benefit individuals, families, organisations and businesses, with positive flow-on to the wider community, if people just know where to look for them.
Councillor Hope said two such opportunities that had come to Council’s attention are;
- Wellbeing Grants Available to Drought Affected Communities - Grants of up $50,000 are available for community led activities that build resilience during the drought. Activities can be anything from small one off social events – a movie night in the local hall, or longer term events that promote resilience, health and wellbeing, for example yoga or exercise classes over a few months in the local hall. Organisations can apply on behalf of a community. You just need to have an ABN to apply. You also need to submit a simple budget for your activity/event. Grants will be assessed, and you will hear back within 10 working days. There are three levels of grant available, up to $11,000, between $11,000 and $33,000 and between $33,000 and $55,000. To find out more go to https://peoplebank.hneccphn.com.au/farmer-support.
- Creative and Active Kids - Creative Kids vouchers are available for school-aged children, 4.5 to 18 years old, to get involved in creative and cultural activities. Parents, guardians and carers can claim a $100 voucher per year to put towards the cost of lessons and fees with registered providers. Go to www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/creative-kids to learn more.
“LPSC provides a free email advice service where residents and organisations can receive updates when Council becomes aware of opportunities on offer. Send a request to email@example.com to be put on the list,” Councillor Hope said.
“If you make a grant/funding application ensure you effectively address the selection criteria by demonstrating yours or your organisation’s ability to deliver and respond to issues in the community, as well as supporting evidence to demonstrate capabilities, past performance, and benefits that will flow from funding. Further guidance on how to prepare a grant application and effectively address selection criteria can be found online at https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/information-applicants/what-makes-good-grant-application,” Councillor Hope concluded.