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Council Community and Event Sponsorship Grants Are Back

Released on: 03 July 2019

Released on: 03 July 2019

Community Grants

If your local community group has a creative idea, project or event that could use a boost to bring it to life, then now is the time to apply for financial assistance in round one of Council’s 2019/20 Community Grants Program.

The community grants program provides local not-for-profit organisations with much needed funds, so they can continue to make a positive contribution within our community.

The Community Grants Program will open on Monday 15 July and close on Friday 9 August 2019.

The application process is easy, and total funding of up to $90,000 is available to support many types of community initiatives.

The 2019/20 Community Grant categories where funding is available are:

General Community Grants (Up to $10,000)

Dedicated to projects that will improve a public space in the community, or that encourage the inclusion of people who have limited opportunities to participate in activities due to low income, geographic or social isolation, cultural background or disability.

Non-Council Owned Hall Grants (Up to $10,000)

Provided to community groups who wish to undertake small upgrades or maintenance works to improve facilities at non-council owned community halls across the region.

Place Making Grants (Up to $10,000)

These grants focus on providing opportunities for residents to create and run special community events with the aim of celebrating and enriching the community’s lifestyle. Projects funded in the past have focused on a range of arts, cultural education programs and local history activities.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve Event Grants (Of $5,000)

Funding is allocated to assist groups to run Christmas and New Year’s Eve events across the Port Macquarie- Hastings region.

Environmental Grants (Of $5,000)

Which seeks to assist volunteer environmental groups with environmental restoration works on public bushland.

To assist with the application process, representatives from interested groups are invited to attend an information session being held in Port Macquarie, Laurieton and Wauchope in the coming weeks.

These sessions will allow community groups who have not applied for a grant before to understand the process, get help with their application and improve their success of receiving funding.

The Grant Information Sessions will take place as follows:

Port Macquarie:    Monday 8th July - 5pm to 6pm at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

                                     Friday 12th July - 12pm to 1pm at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council                   

Wauchope:             Tuesday 9th July - 12pm to 1pm at Wauchope RSL Club

Laurieton:               Thursday 11th July - 12pm to 1pm at Laurieton United Services Club

Event Sponsorship Grants

We’re committed to assisting locally grown events get off the ground, and to seeing them grow and prosper. The event Sponsorship Program aims to support event organisers to develop, promote,execute and sustain locally grown long-term major events.

The Event Sponsorship Grants Program will also open on Monday 15 July and close on Friday 9 August 2019.

Major events are an important and growing part of our local economy, and add to the vibrancy of our region. Council's Event Sponsorship Program has been set up to provide grant funding for events that attract (or have the potential to attract) a significant number of visitors to our region.

Event Sponsorship Grants (Of $5,000)

Support for event organisers in the marketing and promotion of locally grown major events, held in the first half of 2020. Past events that have received funding under this program include the Port Macquarie Running Festival, the Elephant Trail Race, and Slice of Haven. Both ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ entities are welcome to apply.

For more information on Council’s Grants Programs, or to register for one of the Grant Information

Sessions visit or call Council on 6581 8111.