City of Karratha

Community grants benefit local organisations

28 May 2020

Close to $80,000 has been awarded to local community and sporting organisations across the City of Karratha through Council’s Biannual Community Grants Scheme.

Councillors approved three applications for financial assistance at the May Council meeting, with funds to be awarded this financial year.

Applications were evaluated against criteria including volunteer hours, community impact and benefit, and sustainability.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said applications for funding for programs that were unable to be delivered due to the COVID-19 pandemic had been deferred for assessment at the June Council meeting.

“Community and sporting groups are vital to the growth and liveability of our City and these grants reflect Council’s commitment to support local organisations who do valuable work in our community,” Cr Long said.

“Congratulations to the King Bay Game Fishing Club, Yinjaa-Barni Art Group and Norwest Jockey Club, who will share in $78,992 for upcoming projects.”

“King Bay Game Fishing Club will upgrade their facilities, Yinjaa-Barndi Art Group will create garments featuring art by local artists for their “Country to Couture” collection for the Darwin Art Fair in August, and Norwest Jockey Club will replace outdoor furniture in preparation for the 2021 racing season.”

Until now, the City has provided community grants via Biannual Community Grants ($5000-$50,000), Quarterly Grants (up to $5000) and three-year Moratoriums of Understanding to support annual events or projects.

The grants scheme has been revised to offer small community grants (up to $5000) year round, large community grants ($5000-$50,000) biannually and annual event and activity grants (up to $50,000) for multiyear agreements.

Cr Long said the changes would simplify the application process for community groups and associations, increase accessibility by making funding available year-round, and streamline the administrative process.