Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is in the process of writing to community organisations that successfully received assistance through its Community Funding Initiatives Program in 2015/16 to advise of changes in the way the scheme will be administered. It is anticipated that the new governance framework will make more effective use of resources and limited funds. Council will hold two scheduled assessment rounds per year, in December and July. Applications for December round must be in by Friday 2 December.
“Council has established the Community Funding Program (CFP) in recognition of the vital contribution that community groups and organisations play in the development of the Shire’s social capital and quality of life. The guidelines see the CFP strongly underpinned by a philosophy of partnership and collaboration to assist in making a positive and ongoing contribution to the community’s wellbeing, cultural life and resilience,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The CFP will offer three streams of funding. Seed Funding aims to encourage the development of new events by providing not-for-profit organisations with some initial funding to help support and launch new or one-off activities. Growth Funding is offered to assist organisers to improve their event and to build strategic capacity within it, to expand and prosper, to diversify into new areas, demographics or target audiences. Infrastructure Improvements will provide contributions towards infrastructure upgrades for local sporting and recreational clubs to host activities/events and that provide value for the broader community,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said that organisations applying for funding must conduct the event within the Shire, be a not-for-profit entity or auspiced by one, hold current and relevant public liability insurance to the value of $20million, commence the project in the financial years the funding is sought, demonstrate environmental, social and economic benefits to the Shire and be financially viable.
“LPSC’s Events and Property Maintenance team will be able to assist organisations with completion of documentation and coordination of any internal service quotation requests. Any enquiries regarding the CFP can be directed to the Events Team on 6746 1755 or by emailing email@example.com,” Councillor Hope concluded.