According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins, individuals, organisations and small business have told him that funding is firmly at the top of the list of concerns they face when trying to initiate projects and events.
“Anyone who has to fundraise knows it can challenge creativity and organisational skills. Tougher economic times mean many people can’t donate as they once did and demands by Federal and State governments that more activity be based on the user pays principle can also make things more difficult,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“Under the circumstances I encourage those seeking funding to investigate the many opportunities to apply for grants made available each year by both State and Federal governments and also by charitable trusts and foundations. Every year, there are literally billions of dollars’ worth of grants handed out around Australia,” he said.
“Unfortunately, many businesses and community organisations don't know what's available, what to look for, or where, or when. LPSC often posts some of the most relevant grants available on its Facebook page but there are many more available. There are a number of sites on the web that provide this information, if you’re a local adjunct of a larger organisation your head office should be able to provide leads and government departments have details on their websites too.
“If you’re a small, local volunteer organisation Council, through its Economic Development Department can often provide limited assistance as to what is available or tips on applying for funding. You’ve got to be in it to win it,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.
Examples of available grants that may assist local organisations are:
- Grow with NBN - NBN Co has a range of grants available to small/micro businesses, community organisations, and educational organisations. Up to $25,000 is on offer for each grant with a total pool of $150,000. Applications close at 12 noon on Friday 17 February. More information including applications available at www.growwithnbn.com.au.
- Grants of up to $5,000 are available for community groups who are keen to tackle litter in their area and have the local knowledge to make a difference. The grants are easy, accessible, and can be a fun bonding opportunity for groups. They start with a local litter check for which the group receives $500. For more information, visit http://knswb.org.au/our-programs/community-litter-grants/ or call Madeleine on 02 8594 4000.