Funding available for community infrastructure projects

12th November 2020
Council’s Community Infrastructure Grants program is now open for applications.

Applications are now open for submissions to the Wattle Range Council Community Infrastructure Grants Program. As part of the 2020/21 Annual Business Plan, Council approved the allocation of $100,000 towards the Community Infrastructure Grants Program for distribution in two separate grant funding rounds.

The program is available to eligible community and sporting groups to assist with co-funding infrastructure projects.  The program has a focus on health and wellbeing, access and inclusion, community participation and environmental sustainability. This includes infrastructure that supports any recreational sport and cultural activities including projects that:

  • build new infrastructure in response to an identified community need
  • upgrade or improve existing community infrastructure
  • improve accessibility of community facilities to increase use and promote inclusion

Projects can involve improvement to infrastructure that can result in:

  • Improved community health and wellbeing
  • Enhanced and diverse participation by the community
  • Improved community safety
  • Improved environmental sustainability or address environmental issues and concerns

Grants of up to $50,000 are awarded on a dollar for dollar basis. Priority will be given where the project is 'Shovel Ready' and where the applicant can contribute 50% of the total cost of the project including a 25% cash contribution towards the project costs.

Mayor Noll stated that, “the new Community Infrastructure Grants Program provides a fantastic opportunity for local sporting and community groups to develop their ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure projects”.

“This program is an important part of Council’s response to COVID-19 serving a dual purpose of providing well needed financial support to our local community groups, whilst generating important local employment and expenditure stimulus opportunities in our area,” he added.

The Community Infrastructure Grants are open now with the final date for applications to the program being Wednesday, 2nd December 2020.

For further details in relation to the Community Infrastructure Grants, including the guidelines and application form, interested parties should refer to Council’s website or alternatively hard copies are available at any of Council’s offices.

For further information please contact:

Ben Gower, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone:                (08) 8733 0900