The new Community Support and Heritage grant programs put in place by Central Coast Council in 2017 appear to be under-utilised by community and heritage groups in the current financial year.
Council’s 2017-18 Operational Expenditure budget allocates $300,000 to the Community Support Grant Program and $130,000 to the Heritage Grant Program.
As of February 12, a total of $126,989 had been allocated out of the $430,000 across the two programs.
According to a report to the February 12 Council meeting, both the Community Support and Heritage grant programs remain open for application throughout the year.
A report tabled at the meeting from Mr Stuart Slough, Cultural Planner within the Connected Communities Directorate, explained that the Community Support Grant Program is assessed monthly and the Heritage Grant Program is assessed bi-monthly.
Both provide a maximum allocation of $5,000 per application.
Expenditure is approved on an ongoing basis up until June 30 and uncommitted funds will expire on June 30.
In other words, if community and heritage groups do not take advantage of the opportunity to apply for funding, unallocated funds will not be carried forward.
In the latest allocation, $22,504 was provided under the Community Support Grant Program for December and $9,536 from the Heritage Grant Program for December and January.
Fifteen applications were received and assessed from December 1 to 31, with 10 recommended for funding.
The Community Support Program applications were assessed by Council’s Unit Manager, Community Partnerships, and the Community Planning and Funding team.
Three applications were received and assessed from November 1 to December 31, with all three recommended for funding.
The Heritage Grant Program applications were assessed by Council’s Unit Manager, Community Partnerships, Council’s Grants Officer, Heritage Program, and Projects Officer, Contract Heritage Advisor and Town Planner.
Programs that received Community Support funding in December in the Gosford City area were $3,995 to the Brentwood Residents’ Activities Group for the Story of Sheila Hall.
Gosford Regional Community Services had two successful applications, receiving $449 to improve a learning facility for the group, and $1,999 to support a place making project.
Erina Baptist Community Care was granted $300 to clean up its surrounds and the Disabled Surfers’ Association received $2,099 for its summer equipment renewal project.
Davistown Progress Association Inc received $797 in rate assistance for the Davistown Progress Hall.
Musicians Making a Difference was the only applicant to receive the maximum grant of $5,000 towards its Access All Areas Community Festival on Mann St, Gosford.
Two of the three successful Heritage Grant Program applications were also for projects in the greater Gosford area.
Ms Rhonda Wilson was granted $3,261 for her research on ‘Lerida’, 21 Bellbowrie Avenue, Narara.
Mr Marilyn Wood received $2,050 for work on the Wesleyan Chapel at 6445 Wisemans Ferry Rd, Gunderman.
Agenda item 3.2, Feb 12
Central Coast Council ordinary meeting