Smiles all round
Tuesday, 4th July, 2017
Council had an overwhelming number of applicants for their community assistance grants which saw them give over $120,000.
Council sets aside $98,000 per year for two rounds of grant funding, but that amount was increased to $128,000 at Wednesday night’s Ordinary Monthly Meeting.
The increase was immediately applied, resulting in a total of $64,000 being distributed amongst the successful first round funding applicants.
Council’s Acting General Manager, Brendan Smith, predicted the increase to the funding pool would be welcomed by both Council and the community.
“In this round of funding alone we received over $160,000 worth of funding requests,” Mr Smith said.
“I think this reflects the importance of the Community Assistance Grants program, and the Councillors’ decision to increase the funding pool by $30,000.”
The PCYC received strong support from the grants assessment panel, and were granted $15,000 to run four new community programs including seniorsí fitness, and activities for children with autism.
The Broken Hill Repertory Society received $9,000 for rates assistance and an electrical upgrade, while the Silver City Pastoral and Agricultural Association received a boost of almost $6,000 thanks to a waiver of waste and oval hire fees for the Silver City Show.
Meanwhile the Broken Hill Tennis association will receive $8,000 and grant writing assistance from Council to seek funding from the Department of Sport and Recreation for a $39,000 upgrade to court lighting.
Quota International of Broken Hill applied for the grant to have the fees of the Civic Centre waived for their 10 cent auction.
They were successful in their application with president Helen Buddle thanking Council.
“We really appreciate the support,” she said.
“Waiving this fee, means that all money raised from our 10 cent auction can go straight into the community.”
The 10 cent auction will run on October 20 and this year will celebrate its 35th year.
“It’s one of our biggest fundraisers, have the fees waived takes the pressure off.
“We can now start getting ready for the event.”
Quota helps the community by maintaining the roses at the Miner’s Memorial, donating to the hospital, Winter and Christmas appeals, Meals on Wheels, the Hearing Resource Centre and local students.
A host of other community organisations also received full or partial funding of their submitted requests to Council.
A further $64,000 in funding will be distributed in the second round of Community Assistance Grants funding, which is open for applications now.
Applications forms can be obtained from Council’s Administrative Centre, or at www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au under the ‘community’ tab.