Assistance on offer to community groups

Round One of the Burnie City Council’s 2011/2012 Financial Assistance Grants program to Clubs and Organisations is open for applications.

The grants program is open to all not-for-profit organisations that plan to hold community projects in the Burnie Municipality to occur during the 2011/2012 financial year.

Burnie City Council’s Community Development Officer Allison Daley said, “The Financial Assistance Grants program aims to support community clubs and organisations to initiate or establish programs, projects and activities on a fair and equitable basis.

“We have some wonderful community clubs and organisations in Burnie who are often restricted in what they can do because of a lack of funds. Here is an opportunity to further the great work already being achieved. I urge any group eligible to put in an application,” she said.

A club or community organisation may only apply for Financial Assistance once per year. For example if you were successful in your application for Financial Assistance in Round One then you will not eligible to apply for Financial Assistance in Round Two.

The two rounds of funding for the 2010/2011 program saw eighteen community clubs and organisations receive financial assistance for numerous projects such as sporting equipment, arts activities and facility improvements.

Successful applicants in 2010/2011 included: Cradle Coast Outrigger Canoe Club ($2,500), Burnie Musical Society ($4,000), Tasmanian Classical Ballet ($1,000), The Tasmanian Writers Centre ($2,500), The Salvation Army ($2,500) and the Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens ($2,000), Ridgley District Bowls Club ($3,000), Acton Cricket Club ($1,000 subject to conditions), Natone Cricket Club ($5,000), Stringalong Club ($1,405), RSPCA ($1,847), Tasmanian Deaf Society ($5,616), Upper Natone Community Hall ($900), Burnie Community House ($1,500), Cooee to Camdale Coastcare ($1,400), Tasmanian Life Long Learning ($3,000 subject to conditions), Australian Breastfeeding Association Burnie Group ($1,472) and Bike Week ($1,000).

In addition to the grants program, individuals who are selected to represent Tasmania or Australia at events like conferences, seminars and sporting championships are eligible to apply for a $100 contribution toward their expenses. Applications for the State Representatives program can be made at anytime.

Applications for the Round One of the Financial Assistance Grants for Clubs and organisations for 2011/2012 close on Wednesday 6 April 2011, the application forms can be downloaded from Council’s website or by contacting Council’s Community and Economic Development Department on 6430 5706.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728