Grants

MORE GRANTS FOR MORE COMMUNITIES
Local communities in Barwon are set to benefit from changes to the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants. The NSW Government is making it easier to apply for Infrastructure Grants, with $12.5 million in funding each year for projects across arts and culture, emergency preparedness and sport and recreation. The new funding guidelines will mean the NSW Government can fund a wider range of projects. A simpler application process will cut red tape and allow for faster assessment. Instead of one round of funding a year with grants of up to $1 million, there will now be four rounds. Grants will be between $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture, $10,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness, and $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation. Experts in the fields of sport and recreation, arts and culture, and emergency preparedness will assess applications. Priority consideration is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, regional and remote communities, disadvantaged communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. I encouraged local community organisations to learn more about the changes to the program and consider applying for grants, with the first of four yearly funding rounds opening on August 1. For more information, visit: http://www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au/Pages/about-us/our initiatives/infrastructure-grants.aspx
 WATER SAFETY GRANTS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
As you will likely be aware, last summer, we saw an increase in drowning deaths in NSW. 41 people lost their lives in NSW waterways – the highest figure for the same period in eight years. The NSW Government is committed to reducing drownings by increasing water safety awareness and resilience within our community. I draw your attention to the 2017/18 round of Water Safety Fund Community Grants, which are now open until 4 August. To ensure we don’t experience another horror summer season, I urge local community-based organisations in Barwon who run water safety initiatives to apply for funding. Priority for Water Safety Fund Community Grants will be accorded to projects that aim to reduce drowning among high risk locations, activities and populations, and that strengthen and build resilience within the NSW water safety sector through collaboration and the establishment of ongoing partnerships. Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000, and collaborative projects between water safety and community organisations will be given precedence.
Details on how to apply for Water Safety Fund Community Grants are available online at http://www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au/Pages/water-safety-fund/Water-Safety-Fund.aspx. 

$125,000 AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL WAR MEMORIALS
The first round of 2017 funding for the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) is now open.  The CWMF is designed to protect and repair local war memorials, which preserves the Anzac legacy.  I urge Councils, veterans groups and community organisations around Barwon to apply for the fund, which provides the opportunity for all NSW communities to access up to $10,000.  Ensuring local war memorials remain in great condition is an essential part of honouring Australian service men and women who sacrificed so much for our nation and the CWMF ensures communities have the opportunity to protect and conserve war memorials.  The CWMF recently funded the painting of the Bellata War Memorial Hall and a conservation assessment report for the Broken Hill War Memorial.  Applications will be assessed by the State War Memorial Committee, which is made up of NSW RSL, Public Works Advisory, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Veterans’ Affairs.  For more information, including application forms, go to http://veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE SCHEME

Applications for the first round of financial assistance for 2016/2017 are now open for applications from non-profit community groups and/or organisations. 
Submissions must be completed on the application form, which is available from Council's Community Service Department or by downloading from Council's website.

Community Assistance Scheme


2017 INCUBATOR EVENT FUND
The new Incubator Event Fund offers seed funding to events in Regional NSW to support their first and second years of activity.

The Fund supports innovative events that demonstrate sound organisational planning, have a unique alignment with the character and culture of the local region and which can demonstrate a broad appeal likely to promote tourism and attract overnight visitation to the region.

The Incubator Event Fund is allocated in two rounds per year as follows;

Round One - for events held in January – June 2017
Round Two - for events held in July – December 2017
To be eligible for funding in Round One, an event must have its first or second event between January - June 2017 and must align strongly with the fund criteria outlined in the terms and conditions.

Applications are now being taken for Round One only. Please register or login and submit your Application.

Applications for Round 2 will open in February 2017. CLICK HERE


FLOOD DAMAGED FARMS - REPORT YOUR LOSSES

Local Land Services will be assessing agricultural flood damage as a result of significant rainfall recorded across the region over recent weeks.  Staff will be working with land managers to gain an understanding of the damage.  This is then reported into an Agricultural Natural Disaster Report for the Department of Primary Industries which will assist in assessing the extent and nature of damage.  From this the allocation of resources, funding and grants will be determined.  Producers are encouraged to call 1300 795 299 or contact their nearest Local Land Services office to report agricultural losses including, fencing, crops and stranded, injured or deceased livestock.  If you can, it is also useful to take photos that can be used as proof, both for the Disaster Report and any relevant insurance policies you may have.  With further rainfall forecast over the next week, make sure you plan ahead and for any immediate calls for assistance, contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500. 


BARWON FARMS TO BENEFIT FROM $2M QUAD BIKE SAFETY 
Rural workplaces across the Barwon Electorate can apply for a rebate of up to $500 to implement safety measures aimed at reducing quad bike tragedies and injuries on farms.
The rebate will be available until 30 June 2017. Further information is available at www.safework.nsw.gov.au

2016/17 ARTS AND CULTURAL PROGRAM
Artists and arts and cultural organisations across NSW are invited to apply for a wide array of funding opportunities under the NSW Liberals & National Government’s 2016/17 Arts and Cultural Development Program.  The program will support visual arts, museums, literature, theatre, dance, music, regional touring, capital works and professional development for artists across the state.  To view the guidelines and other details on the ACDP program, visit www.arts.nsw.gov.au