Council Awards Grant Funding to Support Community Initiatives

Published on 04 July 2023

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Bellingen Shire Council is thrilled to announce the successful grant applications and the allocation of grant funding for various community projects and events. These initiatives will receive financial support through the Environment Levy Community Fund (ELCF), Community Support Fund, Community Event Sponsorship Fund, and the Creative Placemaking Fund. Council has approved recommendations at its June Ordinary Meeting for the distribution of over $50,000 in funding to community groups and organisations.

Under the Environment Levy Community Fund (ELCF), a total of $24,800 has been awarded to seven remarkable projects:

  • OzGREEN -Connecting our Community to Help Protect Bellingen Shire's Waterways
  • Coffee for Climate - Mobile Mug Library
  • Urunga Business and Community - Saving our Beach Stone Curlews
  • Dorrigo Community Nursery - Dorrigo Community Gardens – Bedding Down for the Future
  • Bellinger Landcare Inc - Koalas and Connectivity
  • McCrystal Creek Land Care - McCrystal Creek Care Project - Phase 2
  • Repton Public School - Aquaponics for education

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A further $29, 277 has been awarded through the Community Grants Program.

Under the Community Support Fund a total of $5,185 to four deserving applicants:

  • Bellingen Community Playgroup/Playgroup NSW - Bellingen Community Playgroup Renewal Project
  • Bellingen Community Arts Council - One Enchanted Evening
  • BellingenReaders and Writers Festival - Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival SchoolsProgram
  • Country Women's Association of New South Wales – Urunga Branch - Upgrading the meeting room's furniture at the Urunga CWA restrooms.

Community Event Sponsorship Fund has granted a total of $19,248 to ten events:

  • Bellingen Muse
  • Camp Creative
  • Taranta Festival Inc
  • Bellingen Youth Orchestra Inc. - 2023 Schools Concert
  • Housing Matters Action Group Inc - Housing Matters – Working together to unlock housing solutions
  • Urunga Business and Community – URUNGAlights
  • Dorrigo Folk& Bluegrass Festival Incorporated - 21st Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival 2023 – Temporary Fencing
  • Bellingen Reader and Writers Festival - Bellingen Reader and Writers Festival 2024
  • Country Women's Association of NSW - Senior's Week Sconversation
  • Bellingen Community Arts Council - Bellingen Shire Arts Trail Weekend

Lastly, the Creative Placemaking Fund has awarded a total of $4,844 to two exceptional projects:

  • Anneliese Hauptstein - Spray It Loud: Amplifying Youth Voices through Stencil Art
  • The Bellingen Valley Historical Society - Display Cabinets for Bellingen Museum

Mayor Cr Steve Allan applauded the recipients, saying, "Congratulations to all successful applicants of the Community Grants. These projects will enhance community engagement, contribute to the well-being of our residents and contribute to the vibrant artistic and sustainable commitments of our community, protecting the natural beauty and biodiversity of our Shire and celebrating our heritage, nurturing creative expression."


Bellingen Shire Council extends its gratitude to all the applicants and encourages the community to stay tuned for further updates on these project.