Community Grants applications close end of July

Peter and Glenys Ray of the Water Watch program

Local groups and organisations have the chance to share in the $900,000 grants kitty from Central Coast Council for worthwhile projects, programs and events that strengthen the community.

Just one example of the last funding round is the Water Watch program as part of the Connecting and Caring for our Coastal Lagoons project.

Water Watch members, such as Peter and Glenys Ray, collect data to help ensure the lagoon and waterway systems remain healthy.

The project, which also includes catchment crawls, kayak tours and a marine debris report, was funded through Council’s Community Development Grant program.

Council Director, Community and Recreation Services, Julie Vaughan, said groups and organisations had until July 31 to apply for funding under the 2021-22 Grants program to help bring their big ideas to life over the next 18 months.

“The program supports local groups and organisations to develop initiatives, enhance community connection and quality of life on the Coast,” she said.

“While some changes have been made to the structure of the program this year, Council is thrilled to be supporting the community through this important funding platform.

“Funding of up to $20,000 per project is available under the Community Development Grant Program and the Community Events and Place Activation Program.

“Community groups and organisations can also apply for funding of up to $5,000 per project as part of the Community Support Program, which will remain open throughout the year.”

Administrator, Rik Hart, said Council’s Community Grants Program built the community’s capacity to deliver innovative events, programs and projects.

“With $900,000 in annual funding on offer, this is an opportunity for community groups and organisations to contribute ideas which will make a difference to our community and create a stronger region,” he said.

“Unlike in previous years, there will only be one round of grant applications over the 2021-22 financial year for the Community Development and Events and Place Activation Grants programs.

“If you are looking to deliver a worthwhile project or event over the next 18 months, I highly encourage you to plan ahead and apply now.”

Sue Murray