Council’s annual Section 356 Community and Sports Small Grants Program is now open and eligible groups are invited to apply.
Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey said the 2021 round would provide opportunities for local clubs to get back on track.
“This grants program is in its 17th year and has awarded more than $440,000 to initiatives that support the work and interests of our not-for-profit, charitable, community and sporting groups,” Cr Chaffey said.
“It has made possible a huge variety of programs and events.
“Groups can apply for up to $5,000, which might be exactly what is needed to get a new initiative or service off the ground. With so many fundraising opportunities and activities cancelled or disrupted last year due to the Coronavirus, it is a tough time for community groups. We encourage them to apply.
“Council recognises the valuable contribution these community groups and sporting clubs make to the fabric of our community and, in particular, the volunteers that work tirelessly to keep those organisations functioning. When assessing the applications, priority will be given to those projects and initiatives that not only help organisations to grow and be sustainable, but also support the broader community.”
Gunnedah Shire Council this week appointed Councillors David Moses, Owen Hasler and John Campbell to the Section 356 Panel to assess applications alongside the relevant Council staff member.