Revised community donations policy on exhibition

Published on 20 November 2020

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MidCoast Council is seeking feedback from the community about its revised Community Donations Policy.

The revised draft Community Donations Policy, is being placed on exhibition for community feedback, to assist organisations to deliver projects and activities that support local connections and the retention of unique, diverse and culturally rich communities across the MidCoast.

While the policy was first adopted by Council in March 2019, the revised policy was submitted to Council in May this year, with minor amendments relating to wording in relation to eligibility.

Councillors have since workshopped the updated policy and it was decided at this week’s meeting that it will go on public exhibition, with all feedback provided by the community to come back to Councillors.

With the amendments the multi-faceted program proposed in the policy still aims to support social connections through programs and partnerships and is designed to allow funds to be allocated to changing community priorities.

Proposed changes to the policy are:

- the inclusion of ‘Innovation’ as a principle guiding the implementation of the policy

- the specific exclusion of schools and P&C organisations from eligibility

- the inclusion of the applicant’s current financial position in the assessment criteria

- changing ‘essential community services’ to ‘emergency services’ for eligibility for the Recurrent Donations Program (Rates and Fixed) to provide clarity around eligibility

- the removal of the word ‘registered’ in the definition of Eligible Organisations

- Council’s Policy Committee has also recommended that the review period for the Community Donations Policy be changed from 4 years to 2 years.

“The Community Donations Policy provides a framework for Council to support the fantastic community organisations that are delivering valuable services to our community,” said Lyndie Hepple, Council’s Community Strengthening Coordinator. 

“It also delivers a framework for financial and in-kind support for eligible organisations and includes four different assistance programs ranging from small one-off donations to larger annual donations and multi-year seed funding for innovative new projects.”

“The donations policy supports our large network of volunteers and not-for-profit organisations and we’re looking forward to continuing that support into the future,” added Lyndie.

The draft Community Donations Policy will be on public exhibition until close of business on Wednesday 27 January 2021

Head to www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/HYS to view the policy and provide feedback.