TIME is running out to apply for this years Kempsey Shire Council Community Grants, with the application period ending on September 12.
In a nutshell, there is $122,500, needed to be distributed to local community groups with up to $10,000 available to each, depending on which program applied for.
Community projects officer, Paul Koch, provided a rundown.
"It's councils opportunity to give local groups a hand up and not a hand out, we are trying to give them that chance to do what they do best in the community," Mr Koch said.
"It ranges from environmental to sporting groups, with so many different people out there doing so many different things, if we can give them a little bit of financial support, we just know that it will spread much further through the community than if we give it to a private business."
The council has six programs within the Community Grants, which not-for-profit organisations can apply for:
- Mayoral Community Fund - $15,000 available.
- Community Safety Grants - $10,000 available.
- Environmental Grants - $20,000 available.
- Sporting Grants - $20,000 available.
- Youth Grants - $7,5000 available.
- Bushfire Recovery Grants - $50,000 available.
Last year's grant recipients included, iCARE Kempsey, who were able to put their grant money towards a new fridge, which now means they are able to keep their emergency food bags fresh.
iCARE is a volunteer run organisation that provides food hampers to anyone in need, including the homeless and victims of domestic abuse.
Team leader, Moira Hodgekiss, talked about the impact of the funding.
"Before the fridge, we couldn't of kept all of the food fresh and been able to deliver it fresh, it's been extraordinary just having it, and to always have supplies ready for emergencies," Ms Hodgekiss said.
"Being able to have access to a grant just enhances what we do as a community and care for each other, and I just think it creates unity, and the sense that everyone in Kempsey is of value."
Mr Koch implored all volunteer run organisations to look into applying,
"We really want to get this money out, it has to go, don't be daunted by the process, my job is to help people through it, and teach them how to do this, because once they've done it through the council, there's a lot of grant funding out there to be applied for," Mr Koch said.
The Bushfire Recovery Grants have been extended until October 6.
Applications are made online via: https://kempsey.smartygrants.com.au/
All information about each of the programs and eligibility criteria is on our Your Say Macleay page: https://yoursay.macleay.nsw.gov.au/communitygrants
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