Double chance for Council grants
Monday, 11th April, 2016
Community groups now have two opportunities to apply for funds from City Council each year under changes to Council’s community grants process.
The changes would also create a competitive grants program that would be advertised, with the applications determined by a panel and then sent to Council for adoption, said Mayor Wincen Cuy.
“While there will be similar funding amounts to previous years, it is a significant change,” the mayor said.
“We have supported a streamlined process where applications will only be assessed twice yearly instead of on an ad hoc basis, which was past practice,” he said.
The panel will comprise:
* The Mayor (or nominee)
* The ‘Our Community Portfolio Councillor’ (or alternate)
* The General Manager (or nominee)
* The Broken Hill Australia Day Citizen of the Year
* One independent member of the public.
The application process will mean the first round applications will close on April 30, and recommendations will be considered at Council’s June meeting.
The second round of funding will close on October 31, with a decision to be made by Council in December.
“It means that community groups, or those eligible to apply, need to be focused on the next 12 months,” Mayor Cuy said.
“As there will be decisions made in June and December each year, it is important people consider the dates if they are seeking Council assistance.”
The policy also incorporates heritage assistance through grant and loan funding for the purposes of verandah restoration, painting and minor property repairs. Council will hold public information sessions in the Council Chambers about the proposed changes at 6pm on Tuesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 16.
Mayor Cuy said community groups at the meeting would be able to get more information about changes to the policy and help with the application process.
“This is a big change and we encourage community organisations and individuals who have applied for funding in the past to make themselves available,” he said.
(The policy and guidelines can be found on Council’s website home page under “I want to”.
Applications are also now open for the independent community member who will be appointed to the panel.