Applications are now open for community groups and organisations to obtain funding from Hilltops Council for infrastructure projects, special programs or events.

General Manager Anthony McMahon said Council has two funding streams available for community groups to potentially utilise during the current financial year.

“Council is operating two funds that community groups and organisations can tap into; as the name suggests, the ‘small scale infrastructure fund’ is designed to offer some financial assistance for infrastructure projects,” Mr McMahon said.

“The second ‘general’ fund is aimed at providing groups with some financial assistance for special programs or events they may be organising,” he said.

Mr McMahon said funding of up to $10,000 will be made available to individual groups under the infrastructure fund, with a maximum of $500 available under the general fund.

“Council will fund a maximum of up to 50 per cent of the cost of the infrastructure or the event/program being undertaken; in other words, groups will be required to provide at least half of the cost of the project,” Mr McMahon said.

Mr McMahon explained that the grant programs are replacing the arrangements that were in place under the former councils for providing financial support to community organisations.  He said those groups that previously sought funding from council are encouraged to apply under the new program.

“In addition to the two funding programs currently open, a further program is expected to be rolled out in coming months relating to sponsorships. This third program is reliant on the incoming council finalising and adopting the sponsorship policy, which has recently been on exhibition for public comment,” Mr McMahon said.

“Further details on the sponsorship program will be made available once the new policy is finalised,” he said.

More information is available on Council’s website or by phoning Leanne Leihn at Hilltops Council on (02) 6380 2000.

Application forms are also available for download on the website: www.hilltops.nsw.gov.au or at Council’s offices in Young, Harden and Boorowa.

Applications were originally set to close by 12 noon on September 7; that deadline has now been pushed back a further week.  Applications should now be returned to Council no later than 12 noon on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Fund 1 – Small Scale Infrastructure Fund

This fund is designed to assist organisations provide infrastructure for their community group.  Maximum funding available per group: $10,000.

Fund 2 – General Fund for Community Financial Assistance

This fund is designed to assist community groups and organisations to undertake special programs or events.  Maximum funding available per group: $500.

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Media contacts:

Anthony McMahon, General Manager Hilltops Council – 02 6380 1200.