New grant pro­gram

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil has in­tro­duced its Spon­sor­ship and Com­mu­nity Grants pro­gram and is call­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions for first round fund­ing un­til Novem­ber 3, 2017.

An­nounced at the first monthly meet­ing of the newly elected Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil on Septem­ber 26, the new ini­tia­tive aims to em­power groups to de­velop ideas, projects and events which can con­trib­ute to the vi­brancy and well-be­ing of the com­mu­nity.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of a new spon­sor­ship pro­gram is ex­pected to at­tract larger events to the re­gion that pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant re­turn on in­vest­ment for the com­mu­nity,” coun­cil’s Direc­tor Cor­po­rate and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Kristy Kay told coun­cil­lors.

“The spon­sor­ship pro­gram will op­er­ate year round for sig­nif­i­cant ini­tia­tives that can mar­ket Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil as a tourist des­ti­na­tion and demon­strate a pos­i­tive eco­nomic im­pact.”

An as­sess­ment panel will be es­tab­lished to review the ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived and de­ter­mine suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants. The panel will in­clude Crs David Lon­g­ley, Andrew Kennedy and Norm Wales.

In the past, coun­cil has fa­cil­i­tated a Small Com­mu­nity Grants pro­gram to­talling $30,000 in two rounds a year, the Tourism Events Grant pro­gram ($30,000 once a year) and free or dis­counted use of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties ($5,000 open year round).

Coun­cil staff have re­viewed these pro­grams to en­sure the best pos­si­ble out­comes are be­ing achieved for the com­mu­nity.

“A new frame­work has been de­vel­oped that pro­poses a more stream­lined ap­proach that will re­duce ad­min­is­tra­tion costs by com­bin­ing the Small Com­mu­nity Grants and the Tourism Events pro­gram,” Ms Kay ex­plained.

Coun­cil has bud­geted $20,000 in spon­sor­ship, $55,000 in com­mu­nity grants and $5,000 for free or dis­counted use of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties for each com­po­nent of this pro­gram.

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