Horsham Rural City Council is providing community organisations with $381,756 in funding as part of the annual Community Grants and Donations Program.
Each year HRCC allocates funding to support community and sporting groups as part of its budget process.
This includes support for groups such as sports clubs, halls, kindergartens to assist with their maintenance and operations as well as grants for specific projects and events. Additionally, Council has allocated donations which support recreation reserves, public halls, kindergartens and welfare services.
Council received 97 community grant applications for specific projects and 70 per cent were successful.
Mayor Mark Radford said the number of requests for community grants indicated the popularity and respect for the program within the community.
“The local expenditure resulting from this Council support will also provide an important stimulus to our not-for-profit sector during and on the ‘other side’ of the Coronavirus,” Cr Radford said.
“It’s our way of supporting community groups and organisations that contribute to making our municipality better,” he said.
Cr Radford said Council staff used a ranking system to assess the applications for 2020-21 before the final list was presented to Councillors for consideration.
The criteria includes the club’s ability to contribute with in-kind support or cash for the project, if they have received a grant before and if the project aligns with Council’s goals and strategies.
“The idea of the ranking system is to provide some general guidance for assessors and greater transparency in the assessment process,” he said.
“I look forward to seeing the successful projects coming to fruition over the next 12 months,” Cr Radford said.
The full list of successful applications is available on the Community Grants page.