Update: Echonetdaily has received notice after going to press that these grants have been delayed owing to ongoing council deliberations about the Community Strategic Plan that may affect the annual funding round.
Could your community group do with a bit of a cash injection for a good cause?
Lismore City Council is offering small grants of up to $2,200 for community groups and not for profit organisations from their Miscellaneous Community Donations fund.
Last year 22 grants were awarded for a variety of projects including the creation of a monument paying tribute to Italian migrants; hip hop workshops for young people; and the establishment of a new garden by school children and older people at a seniors day club.
Other projects included Wilson Park Primary School buying iPads for children with disabilities, while Lismore Workers Netball sent the under 15s Aboriginal girls team to the Koori Netball Tournament in Newcastle.
Council’s social planner Christine Minkov said they may not be the world’s largest cheques but they can have a big impact and she encouraged local groups to apply.
‘We are very lucky to have so many worthwhile community organisations in our midst but sadly they often struggle for funding, so this is another way to get small projects off the ground,’ Christine said.
‘We recognise at Council that a small amount of money invested in a community can go a very long way and have far reaching outcomes. It never ceases to amaze me how people can take a small grant and implement projects that involve lots of people and have really solid, tangible benefits.’
Applications are open until April 8. An Expression Of Interest form can found by searching for ‘grants’ at Lismore City Council website www.lismore.nsw.gov.au.
For more information about the Section 356 Miscellaneous Community Donation fund, phone Christine Minkov on 1300 878 387.