Apply for financial assistance

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 known as the Community Assistance Policy.

The policy provides for:

  • Ongoing / Regular Donations
  • Community Assistance Fund – one-off donations
  • External Grant Funding Assistance

A downloadable copy of the Community Assistance Policy (adopted August 2017) is available by clicking here.

You can apply on-line by clicking here.

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.

Given the difficulties experienced across the community with Declared Natural Disaster Flood Events in 2022, Community Assistance Grants will open early on 10 July and remain open to the end of October 2022, allowing community more time to prepare applications. Applications close at 4pm on 31 October 2022.

Applications received in this round will be assessed at the December 2022 Council meeting.