Grants and Funding

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We are responsible for a range of funding programs aimed at helping not-for-profit community groups support activities that provide social, environmental or economic benefits to our community.

Besides the information below, we also have up-to-date information on other currently available sources of funding and grants. We're happy to provide this information to community groups upon request. 

Sounds too complicated? Don't worry, we can advise your group on submissions and funding applications. 


Stronger Communities Fund

The Stronger Communities Fund has been established by the NSW Government as part of their Fit for the Future reform program.  It provides newly merged councils with funding to kick start the delivery of projects that improve community infrastructure and services.  The program provides a total of $1million in grants to be distributed to incorporated not-for-profit community groups, for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities in the MidCoast region.  

The first round of $500,000 funding was allocated in late-November 2016 to community projects that ranged from boatsheds and community gardens, to hall refurbishments and exercise trails. In round two, another $500,000 will be distributed, with community groups being eligible for up to $50,000 for projects such as upgrading existing facilities, the introduction of new community services, or funding for sporting infrastructure or equipment.

The successful applicants in round two are as follows:

Organisation

Name of project

Funding allocated

Total project value

1st Bulahdelah Scouts

New Equipment Purchase

$10,650

$11,150

Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group

Bitton Street Project

$50,000

$170,000

Combined Community Service Clubs of Taree

Manning Riverstage

$50,000

$108,450

Forster Surf Life Saving Club

Purchase of Beach Patrol Vehicle

$35,910

$35,910

Gloucester Bowling & Recreation Club

Accessability & Safety Project

$9,135

$9,135

Gloucester Senior Citizens Club

Kitchen Makeover

$9,910

$9,910

Hannam Vale P&C Tennis Club

Lighten Up

$7,950

$9,150

Lions Club of Hallidays Point

Lions Park Walkway/Cycleway

$25,000

$45,500

Lions Club of Harrington

Stage Structure in local function room

$12,897

$13,200

Marlee Hall & Progress Association

Monies for Dunnies

$16,650

$18,750

Old Bar Barbarians Football Club Inc

EG Trads Fields All Weather Awning

$50,000

$78,480

Pacific Palms Surf Life Saving Club

Footpaths and Bike Racks at PP SLSC

$12,000

$14,195

Rotary Club of Gloucester

Disability Friendly Exercise Station at Gloucester Community Fitness Trail

$35,686

$35,686

Taree Athletic Club

Kitchen Fitout

$20,000

$40,000

Taree Motor Cycle Club

Environmentally Friendly Stormwater Filtration System

$40,330

$45,330

Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Men's Shed

Erection of prefabricated building Stage 1

$23,650

$73,150

Tea Gardens Soccer Club

Seating at Memorial Park

$14,000

$16,656

Tinonee Soccer Club

Clubhouse awning and sheltered grandstands

$46,162

$57,412

Wingham Junior Rugby League Football Club

Purchase 4 x 4 tier aluminium stands

$29,550

$34,830

 



 Community Grants Program

This program gives money to non-profit community organisations in the region, for projects that provide community services and benefits.

We are currently working on developing a new MidCoast community grants program. 



 ClubGRANTS

We are encouraging community organisations to apply for a ClubGRANT now.

The ClubGRANTS program delivers funding in the MidCoast Council area each year, where NSW clubs that earn over $1 million annually in gaming machine revenue, provide funding for community projects and services.

Several clubs in both the Great Lakes and Greater Taree regions deliver funding through this program and applications are now open for groups within those regions to apply for grants.

All eligible groups are encouraged to apply for these grants.  Recipients of previous grant funding allocations are reminded that they are required to have completed and submitted their project reports to the relevant club before they are eligible for any further funding.

Applicants are notified of the outcome in July.

Find out more:

Great Lakes

The funding application period runs from 27 February 2017 until 7 April.  Read the ClubGRANTS guidelines below, and follow the link to apply for a grant within the Great Lakes region. 

Detailed information on the ClubGRANTS scheme is also available at www.clubsnsw.com.au, search for MidCoast Council - Great Lakes area.

Greater Taree

Visit www.clubsnsw.com.au and search for Mid Coast Council - Greater Taree area.



 Free Grant Writing Workshops

We hold free grant writing workshops every year for not-for-profit organisations and community groups to learn practical grant writing skills. The workshop will take participants step by step through the grant seeking process, starting at planning a project through to reporting on successful grants. Topics covered in the workshop include

  • how to develop a tender kit for your organisation
  • how to develop a project plan
  • how to gather evidence and support for your project
  • understanding Guidelines and Eligibility
  • how to structure a grant application, and
  • how to account for and report on your grant.

Check back here for upcoming Grant writing workshop dates.

Get that Grant booket(PDF, 2MB)       

This free booklet provides a range of tips and tricks, which can take your project from an idea to reality.

One-on-one advice and support

Do you have a great project idea, but have no idea how to get started?  Or maybe you’re just not sure what grants are available and how to find them.

Our Community Development Officer can talk to you over the phone or meet with you to discuss a specific project idea. Contact our Community Development Officer to book a time.

Below are links to other websites that may be useful to organisations and groups seeking grants.