Community Grants awarded to hardworking local groups

Another successful round of Cowra Council's Community Grants program has seen more than $27,000 presented to hardworking local groups at a special presentation at Council Chambers.

Grants funded this round were for a variety of important local projects including assistance to the Cowra Art Group for the staging of the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards; a new First Aid Kit for the Upper Lachlan Bushwalkers, a market gazebo printed with logos for the CWA Canimbla Branch and the establishment of native pasture for Riding for the Disabled horses in their leased paddock at the Cowra Showground.

In her presentation to the successful applicants, Deputy Mayor, Judi Smith congratulated all the community groups and described the pleasure that Council has in in supporting such important work by the range of local groups represented.

"Whether it's new hurdles for Cowra Little Athletics, brochures for the Woodstock Progress Association, fire safety equipment for the Gooloogong Historical Society or helping to repair the stairs at Cowra Food Hall, these are all vital projects that a small boost from Cowra Council can make the difference to," Cr Smith said.

This round there were 27 applications in total, with all 27 applications approved totalling $27,081.63.

The Cowra Council twice-yearly Community Grants Program provides funding to a maximum value of $3000 per financial year to local not-for-profit and primarily volunteer-run based community groups within the Cowra Shire. Now in its twelfth round, Council have provided community groups with funding for 255 projects since the programs commencement in August 2015 totalling $283,193.

Applicants are able to apply for grants falling under four categories including building and facility development, arts and culture, small capital equipment and sport and recreation. The next round of community grant applications will open August 2021.