In late 2016 (just around the corner!) the NSW Office of Local Government are releasing Round 2 of their Innovation Grants to help rural councils with populations of less than 10,000 explore new ways to sustain their communities and maintain local services.
Why not get prepared now? There’s a $2 million bucket remaining and the guidelines are already available.
Get in touch with Ironbark now if you would like help preparing a submission.
Who can apply:
- Councils in regional NSW or the Far West region of NSW with 10,000 people or less
- Councils can apply individually or as a group
- If applying as a group, the group may include a larger (i.e. ineligible) council so long as the primary beneficiary is the smaller council(s)
- Those who weren’t successful in round one
- Councils must have completed their merger (if they are part of a merger proposal)
If all councils went for the full amount, there would only be 13 successful individual applicants, so it’s a very competitive grant.
- Up to $150,000 for individual councils
- Up to $400,000 for projects with more than one council
- 30% co-contribution required from applicants
- Multiple applications from each council/group allowed, so long as they don’t exceed funding cap
Focus of grant:
- To improve the long-term sustainability of small councils and ensure that their communities continue to receive quality services
- To develop more efficient processes, different ways of delivering services, sharing resources with other councils, or using technology to help overcome the challenge of distance
- Closely linked to councils’ Fit for the Future improvement plan or any other community strategic plan
Of the thirteen Round 1 recipients:
- Two focused on environmental sustainability - Lighting and Energy Efficiency Implementation, and Aboriginal Community Based Environmental and Waste Management.
- Seven focused on improved information technology software and digital technologies.
- Others focused on service delivery and capacity building.
For full guidelines and Round 1 recipient details refer to the NSW Government website.