Community grants program resurrected in Coorong district

The council will hand out $50,000 in 2020-21 after axeing the program last year.

Coorong district community groups will again be able to seek council funding for their events and projects thanks to the return of the council's community grants program.

The council had axed the program as it struggled to bring its 2019-20 budget under control, a decision which proved unpopular.

This year it will offer a total of $50,000 worth of grants over two rounds, in September and March.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of between $1000 and $5000 in one of three categories: small grants, event grants and project grants.

Grants for individuals, sporting and cultural activities will also be available year-round.

Mayor Paul Simmons encouraged sports clubs and groups interested in cultural, social, welfare and community activities to consider applying.

“Council is always keen to get behind projects and events that support community development and add to the vibrancy of the community,” he said.

“If you have a community project or event that is inclusive, encourages wide participation, creates a sense of community pride or stimulates economic growth, I encourage groups to plan their grant application early, and read the policy and supporting documentation.”

At the council’s meeting last week, Councillor Sharon Bland said the council had needed to restart the program in some way, shape or form.

“I think we need to try it,” she said.

“We’ve done nothing last year and I think (this) is a good way to start.”

Photo of an artwork at Raukkan: Marianne Cunneen.