Categories

The following funding categories are available through the Annual Grants Program:

Community Programs and Projects 

The aim of the Community Programs & Projects category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objectives identified in ‘Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We have opportunities to connect with others
Wagga View Objective: We are a safe community

Grant officer
Lisa Saffery

Grant amount
Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $5000

Category eligibility requirements
Projects that do two or more of the following:
*Improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living in our community.
*Increase access, equity and participation for people living with a disability.
*Celebrate our community’s rich social and cultural diversity.
*Increase safety for vulnerable communities in areas of high crime.
*Demonstrate evidence of in-kind support by the applicant.

Examples of eligible projects
*Seed funding to assist in the establishment of social groups for young people.
*Initiatives that promote personal safety and reduce domestic violence.
*Installation of mobility access ramp at a community facility.

Recreational Facilities 

The aim of the Recreational Facilities category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objectives identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We promote a healthy lifestyle
Wagga View Objective: We are proud of where we live and our identity
Wagga View Objective: Create and maintain a functional, attractive and health promoting built environment

Grant officers
Sarah Menz and Glenda Pym

Grant amount
Minimum: $1000 | Maximum: $7500

Category eligibility requirements
Projects that:
*Demonstrate a minimum level of 50% of actual or in-kind contribution by the applicant.
*Are located at Wagga Wagga City Council owned facilities, or facilities on Wagga Wagga City Council owned land.

Category Priorities
*Increase the activation of public community spaces.
*Improve accessibility and connection.
*Improve existing assets to maximize utilisation.
*Improve community health.
*Collaborate where possible with other community organisations.

Examples of eligible projects
*Upgrading existing community facilities eg. upgrading amenities, lighting improvements.
*Improvement or installation of sport specific facilities eg. Installation of cricket nets.
*Funds toward sporting or recreational group to construct eg. a storage shed, shade structure, install a mobility access       ramp.

Neighbourhood and Rural Villages

The aim of the Neighbourhood and Rural Villages category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objectives identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We have opportunities to connect with others
Wagga View Objective: We are proud of where we live and our identity

Grant officer
Victoria Lowe

Grant amount
Minimum: $1000 | Maximum: $5000

Category eligibility requirements
Projects that do two or more of the following:
*Provide opportunities for connection through recreational activity, arts and leisure in community centers, halls and public spaces.
*Increase community pride in local Aboriginal culture and heritage.
*Increase community pride in neighbourhoods villages, community centers and halls.
*Demonstrate evidence of in-kind support by the applicant.

Examples of eligible projects
*Movie nights in a community space e.g. Galore Public Hall.
*Support live music eg. participation as a host venue in the Festival of Small Halls program.
*Increase accessibility and usability of rural halls and community centers.
*Planning and delivering outdoor neighbourhood or village gatherings to increase community centers connection.

Rural Halls 

The aim of the Rural Halls category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objective identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: Create and maintain a functional, attractive and health promoting built environment

Grant officers
Luke Fitzgerald

Grant amount
Minimum: $5000 | Maximum: $10,000

Category eligibility requirements
Projects that:
*Demonstrate a minimum level of 50% of actual or in-kind contribution from the applicant.
*Enhance existing facilities.
*Demonstrate a multi-use or shared capability across two or more user groups.
*Can commence within six months of the grants being made available and completed within twelve months of notification.

Examples of eligible projects
*Improvements to infrastructure which may include painting, repairing floors, re-wiring buildings or improvements to     mobility access.
*Upgrade of infrastructure eg. toilets, air-conditioning.

Please note:
*Projects should be accurately costed with quotes and be accompanied by relevant plans, approvals and risk assessments for all works involved.

Examples of items not eligible for funding
*Purchase of appliances and items that are not a fixture in the building.
*Ongoing maintenance.
*Facilities for one off events.

For more information regarding risk management requirements for your project, contact Luke Fitzgerald on 1300 292 442 grant officer for this category.

Arts, Culture and Creative Industries

The aim of the Arts, Culture & Creative Industries category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objective identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We are proud of where we live and our identity
Wagga View Objective: We are a hub for activity
Wagga View Objective: We create a sustainable environment for future generations

Grant officer
Cultural Officer

Grant amount
Minimum: $1000 | Maximum: $5000

Category eligibility requirements
The Arts, Culture and Creative Industries grants provides support to artists, cultural organisations & creative industries to develop and deliver a diverse range of arts and creative projects and programs across the local government area.

Additional support materials are required
*Applicants must attach examples of previous work e.g. images or video of artworks or previous arts/cultural projects or workshops; links to website demonstrating previous works; resumes of visiting artists.
*Projects must demonstrate an in-kind contribution ie monetary or materials from the applicant.

Examples of eligible projects
*Skills development workshops eg. visiting artists or free public workshops.
*Development of new artworks, exhibitions and performance that have public outcomes.
*Projects that grow industry pathways and opportunities for emerging artists and creative workers.
*Projects that enhance the sustainability of creative industries (eg. Film, TV production, animation, photography, design) and that support and connect Wagga Wagga’s creative industries.

Local Heritage 

The aim of the Local Heritage category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objectives identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We are proud of where we live and our identity
Wagga View Objective: We value our heritage

Grant officer
Emma Molloy

Grant amount
Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $10,000
As a minimum, applicants must contribute at least 50% of total project costs.

Category eligibility requirements
As a guide, local heritage grant funded projects may include (and not be limited to):
*Conservation works and maintenance works projects.
*Adaptive reuse projects.
*Interpretation projects.

Generally funding will not be provided for:
*New buildings or works.
*Routine maintenance.
*Purchase of heritage buildings.
*Relocation of buildings or work to relocated buildings.

Priority funding for 2020/2021 will be put towards:  Rural Heritage

Examples of eligible projects
*Reinstatement of original features to a heritage item.
*Repainting and/or works to a heritage item. Only works that reinstate the heritage colors of a building will be considered.
*Repair works to a heritage item

Please note:
*Applicants must contribute a minimum of 50% of total project costs.
*All projects should be discussed with the grant officer for this category.
*Projects requesting retrospective funding for monies that have already been spent or works completed will not be considered for funding.

Events 

Events bring people together, contribute to wellbeing, strengthen our cultural identity and make the city a more vibrant place to live.

The aim of the Events category is to provide financial assistance for events that address the following objective identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We have opportunities to connect with others
Wagga View Objective: We are a tourist destination

Grant officer
Sally Manning

Grant amount
Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $7500

Category eligibility requirements
Funds must be used to establish a new event or grow an existing event held within the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021*.

*Due to the timing of funding announcements (mid - August 2020), applications for events that occur between 1 July and 31 August will need to apply for funding for their 2021 event as grant funding cannot be retrospective, noting all grant funding acquittal for prior year’s funding must have been submitted prior to a new application.

Priority will be given to events that:
*Contribute to the community’s wellbeing and cohesiveness.
*Support innovation, entrepreneurial energy and capability.
*Gain positive citywide coverage for the event and the city.
*Support local businesses through the delivery of the event.
*Demonstrate potential for the event to continue and develop in future years.

Examples of eligible projects
*An organisation seeking $3,000 to promote their new event through.
*$300 on targeted Facebook advertising.
*$1000 dedicated to market research i.e. surveys.
*$1000 print advertisement and editorial in niche magazine.
*$700 graphic design.

Please note:
*Funding will not be granted towards the purchase of major capital items, or the payment of  Council bonds for venue use.
*Where events have been funded for three consecutive years, events that demonstrate well defined objectives, growth strategies and broad appeal can apply for a further three consecutive year’s funding.
*Council must be acknowledged for their support by inclusion of Council’s logo on printed and digital material, as well as, acknowledging Council’s contribution in any public launches, speeches or media releases.
*Applicants must declare any fundraising occurring as a result of the event taking place. Applicants will need to declare beneficiaries the funds will be put towards and the estimated amount.

Natural Environment 

The aim of the Natural Environment category is to provide financial assistance for projects and services that address the following objectives identified in Wagga View – Our Future in Focus’ Community Strategic Plan 2040.

Wagga View Objective: We protect and enhance our natural areas
Wagga View Objective: We create a sustainable environment for future generations

Grant officer
Carly Hood

Grant amount
Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $3,000

Category eligibility requirements
*Projects must be conducted on community or educational land.
*Projects cannot fund activities that are the responsibility of another organisation.
*Projects cannot be part of a fundraising event or a devolved grant program.

Preference will be given to projects that:
*Clearly demonstrate how they will have a positive impact on the environmental issue they are addressing.
*Engage the community in environmental initiatives.
*Demonstrate a matching actual or in-kind contribution by the applicant.

Examples of eligible projects
*Projects that restore or rehabilitate natural areas through weed removal and/or revegetation.
*Projects that conserve or improve water quality.
*Projects to clean up litter or dumped rubbish.
*Projects that reduce energy use or carbon emissions.
*Community education and learning programs.

Youth Led Initiatives 

Youth Led Initiatives is a category for young people to develop and lead their own youth focused projects in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.

Wagga View Objective: We have opportunities to connect with others
Wagga View Objective: We are a Hub for Activity

Grant officer
Vanessa Jennings

Grant amount
Minimum: $500 | Maximum: $3000

Category eligibility requirements
*Youth is defined as a person 12-24 years of age.
*Youth are involved from concept to delivery and are the key drivers of the project.
*The project is led by youth with support from an organisation.

Examples of eligible projects
*New events featuring music, art or performance events featuring young people.
*Projects creating awareness of issues affecting young people.
*Projects that encourages a range of young people to get involved in their local community.

Small Business 

The purpose of the Small Business grant is to provide local businesses with the financial assistance they need in order to accelerate their business idea or economic growth opportunity.

Wagga View Objective: We attract and support local businesses

Grant officer
Dominic Kennedy

Grant amount
Minimum: $1000 | Maximum: $10,000

Category eligibility requirements
Projects that:
*Demonstrate a minimum level of 50% of actual or in-kind contribution.
*Are located in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.

Category Priorities
*Expansion of business.
*Improved customer experience.
*Innovative idea implementation.

Examples of eligible projects
*Purchasing new equipment to expand production capabilities.
*Implementing a new customer service tool that improves engagement with your clients.
*Improved shop front, foot path dining, or product display feature.
*Implementation of innovative idea/process in new or existing business.