Council provides financial assistance to individuals and organisations up to twice annually through its Community Assistance Policy.
Council first adopted its Financial Assistance Policy in 1998 to provide financial assistance to community groups and individuals wishing to exercise functions of Council in accordance with Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993.
It has been revised a number of times since then and is now know as the Community Assistance Policy.
Under the Community Assistance Grant, Council will advertise up to two rounds of funding each financial year, in August and February, inviting applications for financial assistance from local organisations or individuals. The first round will seek to distribute the maximum amount of the available funds that were included in the One-off Donations annual budget, with the second round in February only required if all funds are not distributed.
Applications received in the August round will be assessed at the Council meeting held in October of that year.