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City of Newcastle offering $900,000 to fund fresh ideas

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Community groups, residents and business owners are being encouraged to apply for a slice of a $900,000 City of Newcastle (CN) pie.

Council’s unveiled its latest grants and sponsorships program, covering a range of initiatives such as sustainability, the environment and event backing.

Funding through CN’s Special Business Rate (SBR) scheme will be allocated to projects that support the promotion, beautification and development of Wallsend and Hamilton, prior to applications opening for the City Centre later this year.

Expressions of interest for those two suburbs are now open, closing 23 June.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said funding could be used for a wide variety of activations.

“This is the community’s chance to secure grants for initiatives that improve our local way of life,” she explained.

“Our grants and sponsorships program can also help to alleviate the cost-of-living crisis with funding for things such as social inclusion.

“Last year we helped Grainery Care maintain an Outdoor Foodcare Delivery Space, allowed the University of Newcastle to create an employment clinic for the newly-arrived migrants and maintain a student grocery hub.

“Our environmental and sustainability grants assisted Apnom, a sustainable technology developer, to generate a program aimed at saving energy while maintaining food security and community nutrition, aided the Diocese of Newcastle with the operation of a community garden, and funded Newcastle’s first Community Textile Recovery Hub at Wallsend.

“Our SBR program is an important way of involving businesses and the community in the continued improvement of their local precincts.

“It’s played a part in the Newcastle Fringe Festival at Hamilton, Streets Alive Wallsend and the Wallsend Op Shop Trail, too.”

Hockey NSW secured $20,000 from last year’s major events funding to host the Regional Challenge in Newcastle.

“We’ve formed a great relationship with City of Newcastle that’s allowed us to bring premier events to the region and utilise one of the best hockey facilities in Australia,” competitions manager Nathan Walker said.

“The funding helps Hockey NSW grow existing tournaments and by strengthening our relationship we hope to attract world-class competitions to the Newcastle International Hockey Centre in the future.”

Applications for the grants and sponsorships program open on 3 June and close 30 June.

Funding streams include Infrastructure Grants, which target minor capital activities including Recreation Facilities Grants and Façade Improvement Grants.

Community Support Grants back community-based groups, sport and recreation clubs, and service organisations to enhance community services through arts, culture and history, social inclusion and youth climate action.

The Event Sponsorship Program provides a mechanism to promote active and vibrant spaces, attract local and out of region visitation and enhance Newcastle’s profile and reputation as an events city and includes General Sponsorships, Major Sponsorships, Incubator Sponsorships and Business Events Sponsorships.

Tourism and Economic Development assistance target activities and initiatives that offer economic benefit through enabling skills, innovation, vibrant places and spaces, and business event attraction.

To learn more about or apply for a City of Newcastle grant or sponsorship visit https://newcastle.nsw.gov.au/community/grants-and-sponsorships

For SBR expressions of interest for Hamilton and Wallsend, visit https://newcastle.nsw.gov.au/business/supporting-local-business-people/business-improvement-associations/special-business-rates-program

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