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2019/20 Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme (Round2)

 Applications for Round 2 of this program are now open till 21 February 2020. All other programs are closed till September 2020.

Grants are offered to not-for-profit community environmental groups (such as adopted Section 355 Committees of Council, Landcare, etc.) to undertake projects that: 
- Make ‘on the ground’ improvements to the local environment.
- Encourage community pride.
 -Promote a positive community image.

How to apply

Download the Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Guidelines for more information.

Complete the Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Application Form. This is a writable PDF please download and save before completing.

Submit a Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Acquittal Form for any previously funded projects. This is a writable PDF please download and save before completing.

If you require further information about the Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns Grants Dollar for Dollar Grant Schemes please contact - Council’s Sustainability Officer Tricia Donnelly on (02) 4993 4239 or environment@cessnock.nsw.gov.au .

Applications for all categories in the 2020/21 Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme will open in  September 2020.

Council believes in investing in the community and recognises the invaluable contribution that community groups make to our social well-being, economic advancement, environmental improvement and the development of a vibrant community.

Each financial year Council makes funding available under its Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme to support community, cultural, sporting and environmental projects that improve and enhance community life in our LGA.

Council’s Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme supports Council’s Cessnock 2027 Community Strategic Plan objectives of:

  • Promoting social connections
  • Strengthening community culture
  • Promoting safe communities
  • Fostering an articulate and creative community
  • Better utilisation of existing open space
  • Protecting and enhancing the natural environment & rural character of the area

 

 Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme categories

  • Community and Cultural Development Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme
  • Community Facilities Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme
  • Sporting Facilities Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme
  • Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme

Community and Cultural Development Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme

Applications are now closed.

Grants are offered to not-for-profit community, arts and cultural groups to:  

  • Undertake projects, activities and events that increase opportunities for community participation and improve community well-being.
  • Undertake projects, activities, events and projects that can demonstrate a benefit to the cultural or artistic development of the wider community.
  • Undertake 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.

Please ensure you have read the Guidelines before applying.

Projects are considered on a dollar for dollar basis.  Applications for projects requesting up to a maximum of $3000 will be considered.

Community based organisations from outside the Cessnock LGA may apply and be considered for funding only if they can demonstrate that the project benefits the local community.

2019 grant recipients:

  • Abermain Eisteddfod: Purchase of a portable PA system - $929
  • Cessnock Chamber of Commerce: Mt View Laneway - 5 ways to wellbeing. Costs of production and installation of artwork into the Laneway - $3,000
  • Cessnock Chamber of Commerce: The Coalface Mining Laneway. Costs of printing and installation of artwork into the Laneway - $3,000
  • Cessnock Seniors Citizens Association Inc: 24 Music stands for Cessnock Seniors Choir. Costs of purchase of stands - $324
  • Early links Inclusion Support service: Music therapy, costs of consultant/therapist and resources - $3,000
  • Freemasons Cessnock (Lodge Cessnock No.252): Cessnock Masonic Centre Transformation Project, purchase of 55 chairs for hall - $1,487
  • Korreil Wonnai Aboriginal Education Consultative Group: Kullaburra Awards promotion, printing, catering - $2,500
  • Richmond Vale Railway Museum: Upgrade of administration and presentation equipment at RVRM, purchase of laptop, digital voice recorder, display panels and cash registers - $2,423
  • Wine Country Music Association Inc: Stage Gear Upgrade, purchase of microphones and music stands - $887 

Community Facilities Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme  

Applications are now closed.

The Community Facilities Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme aims to assist Community Facility Management Committees and associated facility user groups to develop Council’s general purpose community assets and their environs.  E.G Council owned or managed community halls and buildings.

The Grant Scheme will support minor capital works and the purchase of equipment to improve the use of the facilities by user groups and the general public. User groups can include, but are not limited to, the management committees, playgroups, community support providers, indoor sporting and recreation, art and cultural activities.

Project priorities:

  • Enhancement of a Council owned facility. Minor improvements/upgrades e.g. painting,kitchen refurbishment, fence installation etc.
  • Ground improvements and maintenance.
  • Purchase of minor plant and appliances e.g. fridge, air conditioner etc.
  • Retrospective projects and purchases i.e. projects and/or items that have been purchasedand/or completed prior to applying for Dollar for Dollar funding. Projects and purchases must have been made within the past twelve (12) months.
  • Purchase of equipment e.g. chairs, crockery etc.

2019 grant recipients:

  • Branxton Community Hall Committee: Installation of solar panels at Branxton Community Hall - $5,455
  • Cessnock Multipurpose Children's Centre: Construction of fairy house and garden - $4,500
  • Greta Community Preschool: Refurbishment of existing storeroom - $2,727
  • Kurri Retired Mineworkers Association: Purchase of 1st Aid Kit and AED unit for Kurri Senior Citizens Hall - $1,608
  • Wollombi Valley Progress Association Inc. Upgrade and installation of sound system at Laguna Community Hall - $1,252

Sporting Facilities Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme    

Applications are now closed.

The Sporting Facilities Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme targets local sporting and community groups whose projects aim to improve or refurbish Council owned sporting facilities as well as purchase of equipment, which has long term benefits to the club and Council.  Projects should:

  • Contribute to identified capital works for Council owned community facilities.
  • Address short to long term safety issues.
  • Have significance or benefit to the operations of the facility and user groups.
  • Provide the opportunity for increased use for the general public and community based organisations. 

2019 grant recipients:

  • Abermain Weston Hawks Rugby League Club: Purchase and installation of aluminum bench seating with concrete pads - $5,259
  • Cessnock District Hockey Asociation: Repairs to existing synthetic hockey playing field at Baddeley Park Cessnock - $2,727
  • Cessnock Dog Club: Installation of pathway, purchase of lawnmower and weed control - $4,054
  • Kearsley Community Sporting Association: Manufacturing costs and installation of electronic scoreboard at Jeffery Park Kearsley
  • Kurri Weston District Cricket Club: Upgrade wicket square at Kurri Central Oval - $5,488
  • Weston Workers Bears Football Club: Replace goalposts on main field at Weston Park - $2,782
  • Wollombi Valley Pony Club Inc: Repairs to existing post and rail horse holding yards - $1,350
  • Wollombi Valley Tennis & Sports Association: Purchase of new fridge, oven, cooktop, kitchen benches and stackable furniture. Painting of kitchen in Wollombi Tennis Clubhouse - $2,798 

Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme

Applications are now closed.

Grants are offered to not-for-profit community environmental groups (such as adopted Section 355 Committees of Council, Landcare, etc.) to undertake projects that:

  • Make ‘on the ground’ improvements to the local environment.
  • Encourage community pride.
  • Promote a positive community image. 

2019 grant recipients:

  • Weston Heritage & Tidy Town: Watering system for Jock Stewart Park, new whipper snippers/ brushcutters and sander - $861.71
  • North Rothbury Tidy Towns: Purchase water cart trailer for ride on mower - $1,672.73

How to apply

Download the Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Guidelines for more information.  

Complete the Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Application Form.  This is a writable PDF please download and save before completing.

Submit a Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme Acquittal Form for any previously funded projects. This is a writable PDF please download and save before completing.

If you require further information about the Dollar for Dollar Grant Schemes please contact

Community and Cultural Development Grants - Jo Miller E: jo.miller@cessnock.nsw.gov.au  

Sporting Facilities and Community Facilities Grants - Kate Hicks E:  kate.hicks@cessnock.nsw.gov.au

Sustainable Communities - Tidy Towns Grants - Council’s Sustainability Officer on (02) 4993 4239 or environment@cessnock.nsw.gov.au