Council decide to double the value
A decision by Cessnock City Councillors on Wednesday night is aimed at doubling the value for the community, with Council identifying an opportunity to secure up to $1.6 million for community projects and infrastructure.
Councillors earmarked a total of $795,450 to be allocated towards grant funding opportunities, in particular those that require a dollar for dollar contribution.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent called it a common sense move that would put Council in the perfect position to apply for future grants.
“Council needs to embrace every opportunity to apply for grant funding and the decision last night will significantly improve our process when grant opportunities are made available.There are various grant programs that require the dollar for dollar contribution and we now have funding set aside for this purpose.”
“It’s an exciting prospect for our community, as last night we potentially doubled the amount of funding to be put towards important infrastructure projects.”
$249,068 of the money put aside was surplus financial assistance grant for 2017-18 and the remaining $546,382 was from the Natural Disaster Relief Assistance Program.
Council will continue to look for grant opportunities and make strong applications to secure these for the Cessnock Local Government Area.