Community Grants Funding Awarded to Local Groups

It’s the project that puts Cowra community groups at the forefront. In its fourth year, Cowra Council presented the second round of 2018/2019 Community Grants to local groups, committees and clubs.

Presentations totalling $31,290 were awarded today at a special morning tea in the Council Chambers to celebrate the grant funding and work many of these community groups do for the Cowra shire. Presented by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Judi Smith, Cr Smith spoke of the pleasure that Council has in supporting local groups who put much time and dedication into their projects.

“Your work never goes unnoticed and we are so appreciative of the time and effort you all put in to your various clubs and groups to give the people of Cowra the opportunity to get involved, be active and give back to the community.”

A total of 23 local groups were presented with cheques ranging from $398 – $2000 for projects including renovating premises, computing equipment, air conditioning, a horsemanship clinic, and electrical upgrades.

Cr Smith spoke of the importance of having such a wide variety of sectors for community groups to apply and receive funding under, and the importance of continuing the support.

“Whether it’s helping with the installation of a chilled refrigerated bubbler and water bottle refill station at the Cowra Tennis Club, assisting in the purchase of new storage cupboards for the Cowra CWA Branch, or the relocation and replacement of an electrical switch board for the Gooloogong Log Cabin Inc. these are all vital projects that give back to the Cowra community and make a difference,” Cr Smith said.

Other projects supported by Council included help with providing funds for a new design of ablutions block on Matt Morrison Oval at Wyangala Dam, Replacing a 50-year-old vinyl floor covering in the kitchen of the Cowra and District Senior Citizens Club, and assisting in staging the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Exhibition for the Cowra Art Group Inc.

“The response to our Community Grants Program over the last four years has been fantastic, with 160 successful grants worth more than $174,683,” Cr Smith said.

The Cowra Council twice-yearly grants program provides funding to the total value of $3000 per financial year to local not-for-profit and primarily volunteer-run based community groups within the Cowra Shire.

Applicants are able to apply for grants falling under five categories including building, arts and culture, small capital equipment, natural resource management and sport and recreation. The next round of community grant applications will open August 2019.