Community groups have until 11 September to apply for funding through the Southern Phone Community Grants Scheme.
The scheme offers organisations that operate in the 41 councils that collectively own Southern Phone the chance to share in $1 million in funding ($25,000 per council). The groups nominate themselves online, then each council assesses the grants and makes a recommendation for funding.
Last year Kiama recommended ten applicants to receive grants in the range of $950 to $7000 (see box).
The aim of the scheme is to provide funding for projects which provide a direct benefit to the community but would not usually be funded by council in its normal course of business.
Funding will generally only be extended to legally constituted, not-for-profit, non-political and non-advocacy community groups or organisations.
Eligible bodies with projects in mind can find out more and make their application at http://www.southernphone.com.au/grants