Tamworth Regional Council has undertaken to continue the practice of the former Parry Shire Council to make available funding through the Village Improvement Fund. This funding will provide the opportunity for Council’s Section 355 Committees to seek financial assistance to make improvements to community facilities or equipment in their care or to provide a benefit to their community.
Eligible projects must have a degree of community consensus and most importantly provide a recognised community benefit.
Who can apply
Applications are restricted to Section 355 Committees of Tamworth Regional Council.
What can the funds be spent on
Any capital project that displays community consensus and community benefit.
What is the maximum amount of money available to each group
There is no individual maximum amount of money; however the funding available through this program is limited and Council will be endeavoring to support projects which provide maximum community benefit. Council’s contribution to each project will not exceed $10,000.
Does Council require matching funding or matching in-kind support
Yes; Section 355 committees must be able to match the amount they are requesting either through providing matching funding, matching in-kind support or a combination of both.
Projects which contain a higher level of community contribution may receive a higher priority.
Will Council provide the exact amount of funding asked for
Not necessarily; Council reserves the right to provide all, part or none of the funding requested in each individual application.
How do section 355 committees submit their applications
Applications will be posted to Section 355 Committees each year.
Who makes the final decision about how the funds will be distributed
Once all applications have been received, they will be summarised and a determination made by the full Council.
What happens after the council meeting
All applications will be acknowledged on receipt. Following the Council meeting, all Committees who lodged an application will be advised of the outcome of their submission; those who are successful will be advised of the amount allocated and the method of accessing the funds.