Community Grants Program

Community

Purpose

The Community Grants Program provides funding towards community projects, new events and small capital equipment purchases to support community organisations and groups operating within the Wollondilly Local Government Area for the benefit of local communities.

Grant Categories

Community  Projects- amounts up to $3,000

Projects that help local communities to build skills, identify opportunities and/or undertake actions for the social benefit of community members.

Arts and Cultural Events – amounts up to $1,000

Events that foster the Shire's cultural identity, or that provide an accessible, diverse range of community art and cultural opportunities.

Sustainability Projects – amounts up to $500

Projects that support the local environment and assist in making Wollondilly a more sustainable place to live.

Leisure & Recreation Activities – amounts up to $500

Activities that provide access to physical and social pursuits to support a healthy and active community.

Small Capital Equipment – amounts up to $500

Purchases of small capital equipment items to support community organisation activities.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding an organisation must meet all of the following:

  • Be a not-for-profit community based group or organisation,
  • Be an incorporated body or be auspiced by an incorporated body,
  • Offer services or activities within the Wollondilly Local Government Area,
  • Have no outstanding debts to Council,
  • Not be a political party or political lobby group, and
  • Not be a Government Agency.

Community Grants will not provide funds for applications that:

  • Duplicate existing services or programs,
  • Do not meet identified priority needs,
  • Directly contravene Council policies,
  • Are for previously funded events or projects,
  • Request retrospective funding, or
  • Include recurrent costs of the organisation e.g. salaries, general administration costs.

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Eligibility for financial assistance program
  • Demonstrates clear linkages to Council’s Community Strategic Plan
  • Demonstrate a strong community development aspect that involves and benefits the broader community through participation or access
  • Reflect and enhance Wollondilly’s sense of place and local identity
  • Attract broad or new participation from local residents
  • Use an innovative approach to the proposed project
  • Be completed in the financial year specified in the application
  • Be achievable within the planned budget

Conditions of Grant

Successful applicants are required to undertake an acquittal process and provide Council with:

  • Information on how the grant was spent
  • Evaluation of the event or project and its outcomes
  • Membership/participation rates
  • Copies of any promotional material and media coverage generated
  • Details of the acknowledgement of Council’s support within the community

How to Apply

Complete the Community Grants Application Form or Online Form. The program will open 1 May 2019.

Contact

Council's Community Projects and Events Team Leader on 4677 1100 or council@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au