14 April 2016 Community Capital Grants Success

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Another four community groups are set to celebrate a windfall from Council’s Community Capital Infrastructure Grants.


“The Grants have only been running for three years, but they’re already making a huge difference to the whole community on many levels,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight. “I’ve been amazed at the variety of applications we’ve received but they all have the same aim – to help benefit as many locals as possible.”


The Community Capital Infrastructure Grants offer funds to not-for-profit organisations wanting to build new or refurbish existing public facilities, in consultation with Council. Each group has to provide match funding for the proposed projects in the form of options such as cash, in-kind labour or materials.


Nine applications were approved in the first 2015/2016 round, totalling $82,400, and the balance of $117,600 was approved for a second round in February 2016.


Six applications were subsequently received in the second round requesting a total of $136,603 in grants.


Council considered the applications against the grant criteria and four applications totalling $117,600 in funds have been approved. These are:


  • Sawtell and Districts BMX Club Inc. Grant requested for a BMX Track Starting Gate upgrade. $17,000 is to be provided.

  • Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed Inc. Grant requested for Stage 1 - Construction of a slab and groundworks for a Men’s Shed Facility on Council-owned land at Howard Street. $67,500 is to be provided.

  • Sawtell Croquet Club Inc. Grant requested for construction of a new Croquet Lawn. $20,000 is to be provided.

  • Sawtell Toormina Sports Recreation Club Inc. Grant requested for a ridged, all-weather shade shelter at Rex Hardaker Oval. $13,100 is to be provided.