$500,000 available to community through Port Stephens Council's 2020-2021 funding program

The Tomaree Arts Festival held in Apex Park Nelson Bay last year. Picture: Supplied
The Tomaree Arts Festival held in Apex Park Nelson Bay last year. Picture: Supplied

More than $500,000 is being made available to the Port Stephens community to fund projects that support local people, business and will breathe life into townships.

Kick-starting the community impacted by COVID-19 is the aim of five new categories included in Port Stephens Council's 2020-2021 funding program, which is now accepting applications.

"The new funding streams have been created to address the impact of COVID-19 by supporting our most vulnerable community members, reinvigorate our streets and neighbourhoods, and support local businesses," Port Stephens Council said.

Mayor Ryan Palmer added: "We are hoping to fund as many grassroots local projects that genuinely support local people, bring life and vibrancy to our streets and neighbourhoods".

The new funding programs are:

My Incredible Place Micro Grant Fund

  • Supporting short term, low cost projects that increase the vibrancy of the Port's town centres and improve the visitor experience
  • A total of $24,000 is available
  • A maximum of $500 per application is available.
  • Applications accepted year round
  • Click here for more information

Vibrant Spaces Fund

  • Funding creative and innovative projects that improves the quality of the Port's public spaces and build community partnerships
  • A total of $84,000 will be made available to this fund
  • The maximum grant application will be capped at $6000 per application.
  • Two funding rounds: July 2020 and February 2021
  • Click here for more information

Evening Economy Fund

  • Supporting evening initiatives that increase the diversity of experience in Raymond Terrace and Nelson Bay town centres for all ages, lifestyles and cultures
  • A total of $25,000 will be available through this fund
  • A maximum of $1500 is available per application.
  • Four funding rounds available: July 2020, October 2020, December 2020 and April 2021
  • Click here for more information

Community Support Fund

  • Grants to assist local not-for-profit community service providers support vulnerable communities during and in the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • A pool of $70,000 is available
  • A maximum funding amount of $6000 is available per application
  • Two funding rounds: July 2020 and February 2021
  • Click here for more information

Community Event Development Fund

  • Aims to support the delivery of events that create social connections, improve liveability and wellbeing of our residents
  • Up to $3000 available per application
  • Two funding rounds: July 2020 and February 2021
  • Click here for more information

Applications for these five funding programs opened on July 28 and will close 5pm on August 24. To apply, click here.

With the five new programs, there are now 11 council-funded streams of revenue available to the community.