Thursday 20 August 2015
Applications are now open for the 2015 Southern Phone Grants Scheme.
Southern Phone Company Ltd is a public company owned by 41 Local Councils, one of which is Bega Valley Shire Council.
In 2014, the company implemented a new initiative in 2014 – The Southern Phone Grants Scheme. Bega Valley Shire Council participated in this scheme, and provided $25,000.00 in funding to community-based projects within the local area.
Mayor, Michael Britten said the scheme is a welcome addition to a range of grants available to local community groups.
“The Southern Phone Grants Scheme is the result of a prudent Council investment that has provided the community with ongoing funds through annual dividends and now the grants scheme.
“This adds to the raft of grants being offered to innovative community groups through Council’s Financial Assistance procedure, and our Community Partnership Fund available for infrastructure and events that generate community benefits.
“If your community group is interested in seeking assistance through any of our granting schemes I urge you to get in touch with Council for more information,” Cr Britten said.
The 2015 Southern Phone Grants Scheme will be implemented across two time periods:
Round 1 – August 2015
Round 2 – February 2016
Bega Valley Shire Council falls into the first Round – August 2015.
The objective of the scheme is to extend Southern Phone’s support to community groups and projects which would otherwise not receive adequate or any funding by Council.
These include provision of funding for projects which:
Priority will be given to organisations and community groups that:
Funding will not usually be provided for costs that are part of day-to-day operations (such as rent on premises) unless it is an additional expense associated with the project.
Selection Criteria includes:
Applications for the Southern Phone Grants Scheme are now open, and all applicants must apply online via: https://southernphone.smartygrants.com.au/bega
Grants which are approved will be announced on 12 October 2015.
Application forms for the Southern Phone Grants Scheme can also be obtained from Council by phoning customer service on (02) 6499 2222.