MURRAY River Council has recently adopted a new financial assistance policy aimed at improving its distribution of grants and financial support to the community.
The new policy will see council approve a set of contributions to various groups, partners and events for the upcoming financial year during the development of the annual operational plan and budget.
For any projects and events not listed in this set of annual contributions, a request can now be made to council in one of two ways:
■ The new Community Grants Program, which is open once per year.
■ If outside the timing of the Community Grants Program, an application can be made to council’s Quick Response Grants Program, which can be made at any time of year, providing the request meets the criteria of this program.
Mayor Chris Bilkey said the new process will streamline the way the community seeks assistance from council.
“The Community Grants program offers financial support to not-for-profit community organisations for projects, equipment, events, exhibitions or performances which contribute positively to the Murray River Council community,’’ he said. “Similarly, Quick Response is there to provide council with an opportunity to fund worthy opportunities that were not able to be considered for funding as part of the community grants process.
“The introduction of both of these new funding programs is exciting for council and hopefully welcome news for our community groups.’’
Murray River Council’s first Community Grants Program round is set to open in July.
Instructions on how to apply for a grant and the program guidelines will be available from council offices and website in the coming weeks.