THE STRONGER COMMUNITIES FUND has been established by the NSW Government so recently merged councils can kick-start community projects. Murray River Council will be provided $10 million to spend on priority community initiatives.
Murray River Council’s $10 million is to be delivered through two programs:
- COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM - allocating up to $1 million in grants of up to $50,000 to incorporated not-for-profit community groups, for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities. Projects may include upgrades of club facilities, funding of sporting equipment, or providing tools and equipment to improve the delivery of community services.
- MAJOR PROJECTS PROGRAM - allocating all remaining funding to larger scale priority infrastructure and services projects that deliver long term economic and social benefits to communities.
COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM CRITERIA
Council will provide grants to incorporated not-for-profit community groups for projects identified and assessed using an open call for applications.
To be successful for funding, community projects must meet the following criteria:
- deliver social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits to local communities
- address an identified community priority
- be well defined with a clear budget
- demonstrate that any ongoing or recurrent costs of the project can be met by the community group once grant funding has been expensed
- the organisation must demonstrate the capacity to manage funds and deliver the project.
MAJOR PROJECTS PROGRAM CRITERIA
Council will fund projects that deliver new or improved infrastructure or services to the community.
Projects to be prioritised for funding must meet the following criteria:
- have been through a community consultation process
- demonstrate social and/or economic benefits to the community
- consider issues of sustainability and equity across the broader community
- demonstrate project feasibility and value for money, including full lifecycle costs;
- did not have funds allocated by the former councils
- give consideration to the processes and procedures outlined in the capital expenditure review guidelines issued by the Office of Local Government.
Council will establish a Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel with responsibility to assess projects and make recommendations to council for funding.
Council will ensure the community and local stakeholders are adequately consulted and provided an opportunity to put forward ideas for funding.
Further information regarding consultation opportunities and how community groups can apply for funding will be available shortly.
In the meantime, please contact our Economic Development and Tourism Unit on 03 5453 3200 if you would like to dicsuss this further.