Grassroots programs benefit from grants
TWENTY-one Central Coast community organisations will share just more than $30,000 in funding in the latest round of council grants under its Community Subsidy and Neighbourhood Activation Program.
Funding has been allocated to three groups from the Community Subsidy Program - Country Women's Association, Wyong Family History Group and Toukley Art Society to provide assistance and support to the Central Coast community.
In April the former Wyong Shire Council launched a new grant program called the Neighbourhood Activation Program designed to benefit grassroots programs that in the past may not have qualified for other grant programs.
Administrator Reynolds said council received a positive response and a large number of applications for the program, targeted at local neighbourhood projects undertaken by one street or a small volunteer group.
"This was about finding projects that bring neighbours together to make a real difference in their local area," Mr Reynolds said.
"It is about empowering communities to take control of their own destiny and be proud of their local area.
"It is fantastic that council can provide these grants to help make that happen."
Eighteen grassroots programs have received funding including San Remo Tidy Towns establishing a graffiti removal group, a drop-in centre at Gwandalan and a luncheon for the homeless in Wyong.
Community and sporting groups are also encouraged to apply for the $1 million in grants on offer under the NSW Government's Stronger Community Fund.
This grant program has been made possible as part of $10 million made available to merged Councils. Central Coast Council has been allocated $1 million for the grants and $9 million for new infrastructure.