Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes rolls up her sleeves to help OzHarvest, a 2020 grant recipient. Picture: Supplied.

CoN offers up almost $1 million in streamlined Grants and Sponsorships program

Are you sitting on a killer idea to activate our city’s many public spaces, enhance community wellbeing or bolster Newcastle’s rep as a tourism, business, and event hot spot? Well, the City of Newcastle (CoN) wants to hear from you.

That’s because almost $1 million is on offer under Council’s Community Grants and Sponsorship program which is calling on community and sporting groups, businesses, tourism and event operators to breathe even more life into our fair city.

The announcement follows Council’s endorsement of new Community Grants and Sponsorships policies, redesigned to make applying easier following consultation with the community.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the new streamlined process would encourage more community-led projects.

“Our grants and sponsorships are a vital community-building tool. They enhance wellbeing, improve the city’s identity and make Newcastle a better place in which to live, work, play and invest,” Cr Nelmes said.

“City of Newcastle invests in a range of initiatives across the city each year, from placemaking improvements to the suburban landscape to major events attracting visitors from far and wide.”

Deputy Lord Mayor and chair of the CoN Strategy and Innovation Advisory Committee said the application process had been streamlined following community feedback that indicated the previous process was not as user-friendly as it could be.

“The great news is that we’ve listened and redesigned the process to give our community groups the opportunity to turn amazing ideas into great local projects and initiatives,” Cr Clausen said.

“New clearer grant categories include funding for recreation facilities, businesses façade improvements, community initiatives, arts, culture and heritage, as well as environmental and social inclusion projects.”

Event sponsorship will be provided across four categories: General Events, Major Events, Regional Sport Events, and Business Events, with additional funding offered through the Tourism / Visitor Economy Sponsorship and the Economic Sponsorship programs.

Funding opportunities close on Monday 31 May while online community workshops outlining the application process will be held on Wednesday 12 May at 10am and Monday 17 May at 5.30pm.

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