There’s no denying the unfathomable impact that COVID-19 has had on many industries, not least of which the community and not-for-profit sector.
That’s why Lake Macquarie Council has committed $100,000 for a community grant funding program aimed at making sure at-risk groups weather this uncertain storm.
A total grant pool of $100,000 is available to not-for-profit organisations, facing a demonstrated increased demand and/or operational difficulties due to COVID-19. Individual grants are limited to $5,000 per application, however, multiple applications may be received from the same organisation for different programs/activities.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser welcomed the program saying it would allow service providers to continue to support residents through the pandemic and beyond.
“COVID-19 has impacted on people’s lives in an unprecedented way. We’ve heard from a number of community organisations who are seeing an increase in the number of people seeking assistance, so it’s wonderful that we can provide some added support through this program,” Cr Fraser said.
“Community organisations provide essential services and are highly valued in our community. The need for their services has increased, but their funding through donations, fundraising and other income streams has reduced as a result of COVID-19. I encourage not-for-profit organisations who have experienced these difficulties to apply.”
Community Partnerships manager Andrew Bryant agreed with the sentiment, adding: “There are a whole range of amazing community organisation support projects that happen each week in our community, from mental health services, food hampers, social activities and support. This funding will help ensure these programs can continue.”
Applications are open now and will be accepted until June 15. Head here to apply.