Lithgow City Council has allocated $62,500 to community groups, joint organisations and not-for-profit groups to undertake projects that enhance social recovery and preparedness activities.
The program has been made possible by funding from the Federal Government's National Bushfire Recovery Agency and the NSW State Government's Resilience NSW.
Sixteen applications were received to a value of approximately $142,000 with 10 applications to the value of $62,500 recommended for approval.
Lithgow Mayor Ray Thompson, congratulated the 10 community organisations that were successful in their applications to support local recovery after the 2019/20 summer bushfires.
"We know recovery from significant events is a long-term project, and Council is very pleased to be able to provide this funding to support communities working to meet local needs and in local recovery," he said.
Applications were rigorously assessed under disaster recovery criteria of community need, impact or benefit to the community, community connectedness and the capacity of groups to deliver.
"Many great projects were submitted by those in the community who are already doing fantastic work, which made choosing the successful projects very difficult," he said.
"We want to make sure the ideas and intentions in these applications is not lost and Council will be providing assistance and support to groups who missed out to apply for further grants available including Council's financial assistance program."
The following groups were successful in their funding applications:
- Mingaan, awarded $10,000 to develop and deliver cultural healing and education workshops
- Wolgan Valley Assoc Inc, awarded $4,859 for the development of a community-based website
- Rydal Showground Land Managers, awarded $10,000 to achieve showground upgrades
- Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre, awarded $10,000 for a community capacity builders program
- Hartley Reserve Land Managers, awarded $5,641 to install a water tank and connections
- Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, awarded $4,000 toward an outdoor recreation area and improvements
- Lithgow Greyhound Racing Club, awarded $5,000 for Club upgrades and sustainability
- Australian Ecosystems Foundation, awarded $4,000 toward working bee weekends
- Lithgow & District Community Nursery, awarded $4,000 for enhancement of Nursery premises
- Lithgow Valley Archers Inc, awarded $5,000 to purchase a water tank and upgrades in fire recovery
The Community Development Committee was advised that a number of the applications not recommended may be eligible for funding through Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network and that Council will provide a letter of support to the PHN for these applications.
Council will also be calling for 2021/22 Non-Recurrent Financial Assistance applications in April 2021 for allocation in July 2021.
Unsuccessful applications will be encouraged to apply for this financial assistance.
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