Assessing 106 Community Grant applications underway

The local Stronger Communities Fund - Community Grants assessment panel has reviewed and considered 106 applications from not-for profit community groups seeking a share of $350,000 being offered in the first round funding.

 Dubbo Regional Council Administrator Michael Kneipp said he was thrilled with the high number of applications.

 “Applications came from a very wide mix of groups and organisations spread right across the Dubbo Regional Council area,” Mr Kneipp said. “The quality of the applications was high and projects ranged in scale and value from just a few thousand dollars through to requests for the maximum $50,000,” he said.

 “Some of the applications were for new equipment or infrastructure for sporting clubs, improved social services, new equipment to help community groups expand and a range of environmental programs,” he said.

 “The Assessment Panel has looked at each application to select those that will have the greatest benefits to local communities,” Mr Kneipp said.

The Assessment Panel, made up of Administrator Michael Kneipp, Darren Borger representing the Member for Dubbo The Hon Troy Grant MP, Alison Morgan Regional Liaison Officer for NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, under the guidance of independent probity adviser Michael McKenna from Luka Group Accounting will make recommendations which will be formally endorsed at a Council meeting as soon as practicable.

“Today was an exciting day because the assessment panel was able to see how the grant money will directly support local, grass roots community organisations,” Mr Kneipp said.

 

“There were no easy decisions. The total value of the applications was $2.8 million and the panel had $350,000 available in the first round. “I look forward to confirming the recipients of the grants shortly and seeing the impact these grants will have on the community,” Mr Kneipp said. 

 

The Community Grants program is an initiative of the NSW Government which has provided funds to new Councils through the Stronger Communities Fund. Dubbo Regional Council will allocate $1 million in community grants to incorporated not-for-profit community groups over the course of the program. $350,000 will be allocated in 2016/2017, $350,000 in 2017/2018 and $300,000 in 2018/2019.

Media contact:

Dubbo Regional Council Administrator Michael Kneipp (02) 6801 4000.

 

Last Edited: 12 Oct 2016

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