Charities, non-profit organisations and community groups in the local area are being encouraged to apply for funds through Tamworth Regional Council’s Annual Donations Program.
A total of $60,000 has been budgeted in 2012/13 for the program.
It includes a $60 donation Council gives to every school and pre-school across the region to be used for end of year awards presentation days.
Tamworth Regional Council Manager Cultural and Community Services, Bruce Mercer, said the program aims to help local not-for-profit organisations with the cost of providing services to the Tamworth regional community.
'Last year Council funded 65 projects which ranged in value from $200 to $6000 with the most frequent amount allocated being about $500.'
'The successful applications included equipment purchases, help with building costs and printing costs, and providing guest speakers.'
Funds have also been given to groups seeking reimbursement of Council fees such as development applications, rates (excluding service charges), hire fees for use of Council facilities such as halls, parks and public buildings and banner fees.
Recipients of a donation in past years are welcome to reapply. Organisations may only seek one donation each financial year.
Donations will not be made to individuals, to organisations which operate on a for-profit basis, or to branches of charities which fundraise for projects and activities outside the Council area.
Applications open today and will be received until Friday 19 October. Late applications will not be considered.
Program guidelines and application forms are available from Council's Customer Service Centres at Tamworth, Manilla, Barraba or Nundle or by calling on 6767 5555. They can also be downloaded from the Tamworth Regional Council website at www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/donations