Grant funding supports locals
25 May 2018
More than $750,000 in grant funding was awarded across a number of community groups and associations at this month’s Ordinary Council Meeting.
This figure includes more than $400,000 under the Annual Community Association Development Scheme which provides financial assistance to community associations for programs, events and services that directly benefit their community.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Council received a high volume of grant applications each allocation round and awarded approximately $1.4 million in grants each year.
“We have a number of annual and quarterly grant schemes available to the community and receive a high volume of quality applications for funding across the board,” Cr Long said.
“Our newest grant scheme, Take Your Business Online, has had exceptional take up in the community, providing local businesses an opportunity to receive a dollar for dollar matched contribution to improve their digital capacity and marketing and Council was able to award just over $50,000 to 15 local businesses this allocation round.”
“The funding we provide to community associations through our Annual Community Association Development Scheme contributes to some of the great events these groups hold in their respective communities each year, such as the Dampier Beachside Markets and the Annual Family Day in Wickham,” he said.
“These community and business development grants allow recipient groups to deliver high value services and programs to local residents, contributing to our strong sense of community and supporting the wider growth and development of the city,” he added.
A total of 16 community organisations will benefit from the Annual Community Grant Scheme this round including the Karratha Amateur Swimming Club, the Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association, Port Walcott Volunteer Marine Rescue, Roebourne PCYC and EPIC.
The Karratha Dampier Lions Club was also awarded $75,000 under the Regular Community Events Grant Scheme to deliver the 2018 FeNaClNG Festival and Float Parade.
For more information on the grant schemes offered by the City of Karratha and a full list of grant recipients visit www.karratha.wa.gov.au.