Funding for Murrumbidgee events

Events and festivals in the Murrumbidgee Council area will receive a welcome boost with council now offering funding to community groups and other organisations.

Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said council has received just over $119,000 through the NSW Government’s Community Event Program to inject much needed funding into the community to support local recovery and provide positive outcomes.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for community groups to kick start new events or top up existing events that will be enjoyed by the community,” she said.

“We are so fortunate to have such dedicated and passionate community groups in our area and we are very excited to see the ideas put forward for bringing the community together,.”

Events must be held before March 31, 2023.

Possible events include existing or new community markets and bazaars, festivals and fairs, sporting events, food and leisure events, community classes and workshops, agricultural field days (run by community organisations), and touring events and theatre programs.

Criteria, as specified by the NSW Government, states that the events must be open to all members of the public, free to attend or levy a very small fee to cover extra costs.

The primary purpose of the events should be reconnecting communities and improving social cohesion of the local community. Fundraising or events which are for the applicant’s financial gain or for political purposes will not be eligible.

For more information on the grants, head to council’s website or contact director of planning, community and development Garry Stoll on (02) 6954 4060.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday, May 18.