Six groups to share $16,000 in community grants

Manno Men’s Shed is one of six northern groups to receive a Council funding grant

Six northern community groups will share $16,000 in the latest round of Central Coast Council’s community grants.

Five of the groups were awarded under the Community Support Grant Program and another received assistance through the Working Together Staying Strong Grant Program.

The 4 Hope Community Outreach at Budgewoi received $1,450 to buy a fridge, freezer and office equipment for their outreach service to support communities affected by changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That grant came from the $300,000 allocated to the Working Together Staying Strong grant program between May and September, set up specifically to assist organisations to deliver essential support to vulnerable and at-risk groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Support Grants are always open for applications and allocations are made regularly throughout the year.

An annual school holiday camp for high school students, FUSE Camp, run by Tuggerah Lakes Christian Education Board, will get a helping hand with a $4,987 grant, while Wyong Creek Literary Institute will receive some relief from their rates bill with a subsidy of $614.14.

Manno Men’s Shed will be able to upgrade the guttering at their Mannering Park shed with a $2,000 grant, Charmhaven Lions Club can purchase of marquee with their $1,931.50 funding, and Wyongah Progress Association will also receive a rates subsidy of $1,595.28.

Tuggerah Lakes Art Society gets a $3,381.70 funding boost for the 2020 Fab Fakes Open Art Competition and Exhibition, which is for recreated masterpieces at The Art House in Wyong.

The Community Support Grant Program is open year round for applications and provides up to $5,000 per project per financial year in combined funding and in-kind Council services to applicants who are legally constituted not-for-profit organisations or auspiced by one.

Sue Murray