Supporting our community dollar by dollar
Cessnock City Council is inviting locally-based community organisations involved in arts and cultural activities to apply for the 2017 Community Cultural Development Dollar for Dollar Grants Program.
The grants aim to provide financial assistance for specific cultural projects or to allow for the improvement of facilities within the local government area.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this is a wonderful opportunity for vital community groups to secure extra support.
“This annual program has supported some exciting initiatives in the past. Last year we our successful applicants ranged from the Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards to the Cessnock Woodturners Inc.and the Branxton Greta Community Chamber of Commerce Umbrella Festival,” Cr Pynsent said.
Grants are offered to arts and cultural groups for projects that can demonstrate a benefit to the cultural or artistic development of the wider community through:
• improvements to Council owned facilities licenced to, occupied or leased by the group which will contribute to the cultural or artistic use of the facility; and / or
• developing and /or implementing cultural or artistic projects or programs; and / or
• the purchase of equipment and / or materials for cultural or artistic projects or programs.
Grants will be provided on a dollar for dollar basis, that is, up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the cost of the project and evidence of sufficient funds to match the grant is required.
Applications can be for an amount up to $3000. $25,000 is available in the funding program and on average is spread across eight to ten projects throughout the calendar year.Community based organisations outside the area may apply and be considered based on the project’s benefit to the Cessnock local government area.
Please note the application form has been updated, and it is recommended that applicants read the guidelines prior to submitting the application form by 8 May 2017.Application forms and grant guidelines are available from Council’s Customer Service Counter, from Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries and our website at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/dollarfordollar.