When we were still Villiers Street Community Garden we applied for and received a "Seed grant" to help us establish. The $1280 had to sit untouched while we worked through our future. If we couldn't find a place to garden when the time for acquittal came we would have had to refund the cash. Fortunately that didn't happen. Yesterday Louise Duff, Community Assistance Coordinator, came for a visit to see the new garden and receive our final report. This is a great program, one to be supported by applying. Even a small amount of money has an enormous effect. As gardeners we have all the material equipment we need for the forseeable future to make the work of growing and maintaining much easier. The grants are available annually and a visit to the NCC website gets you the guidelines and forms necessary.
The Community assistance program includes -
Sports Partnership Program - Helps provide facilities to sporting groups to promote the development of sport.
Community Place Makers Small Grant Program - A quick turnaround program to kick start place making with amounts up to $1,000.
Council Subsidies - Council services, including venue and mobile stage hire, are available to community groups.
CSCG Inc has applied for a Placemakers Grant for a Sausage Sizzle to be held in conjunction with the St Andrew's church fete in October. As part of that grant we have applied for the funds for an Access Industries picnic bench set, the kind you see in all the public parks. The domestic picnic sets we have are below the standards set for public spaces. You know the kind - warn your neighbour you are going to stand up or the bench will tip them off.
Louise was able to see the facilities offered by the church hall so she now has personal knowledge of the space and the possible uses community groups could make of it. Very nice visit and I was so busy talking I forgot to take photos.