Over the last 18 months Muswellbrook Shire Council has helped local sport and community groups to realise their goals for equipment and facilities through its Small and Large Capital Grants Program.
And once again Council is pleased to announce a funding pool of $25,000 for Small Capital Grants and $100,000 for Large Capital Grants in a new round of grants.
The grants program, initiated in 2016, is in addition to Council’s General Recreation Program, which looks after fields, facilities and playground renewals and upgrades.
The Small and Large Capital Grants Program gives local groups an opportunity to apply for matched funding to improve or replace sport and recreational equipment and facilities. Grants are available on a matched funding (dollar for dollar) basis up to value of $2,000 per project for Small Grants and $50,000 per project for Large Grants.
To date, Small Grants have been used to provide new fridges, a PA system, scoreboards, a defibrillation unit and long jump pits. Large Grants have been used for mowers, sun shelters, seating and lighting.
The Capital Grants programs came about after a recommendation from Council’s Sport and Recreation committee to assist with improvements to community facilities. The concept aims to create tighter bonds between Council and user groups and community building within the user groups through group based fund raising meetings and events. It also anticipates a greater sense of pride and interest in the facilities.