Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Access Improvement Grants

Opening June 2020

Contact Officer
Grants Administration Officer
Phone: 02 6499 2222
Email Grants Admin

Funds available = $25,000

This year $25,000 has been allocated by Bega Valley Shire Council to support projects that improve access for all residents and visitors within the Bega Valley Shire.

Grants from $500 up to a maximum of $5,000 per application will be considered. Lower amounts than requested may be recommended by the assessment panel if there are more applications than available funds.

Grants provided to for profit business must be matched on a dollar for dollar basis.

Grant Guidelines

Background: BVSC has established an Access Advisory Committee under Section 355 of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) to advise Council on issues relating to access of public areas and Council facilities, inform Council policy development and raise awareness of access issues across the Shire. The Committee is made up of volunteer members who advise Council on issues related to access, and in particular, but not limited to, physical access to facilities and buildings. The AAC have been instrumental in generating positive outcomes on access issues that improve. The key goal is to make Bega Valley Shire a better place for residents and/or visitors with a disability.

Overall grant program objectives

The Access Improvement Grants aim to:

  • support projects that improve access for residents and visitors within the Bega Valley Shire such as:
    • accessible paths of travel including ramps
    • modification / re-engineering of barriers like steps, curbs etc.
    • improve signage or interpretive information
    • retrofit amenities including toilets, BBQ’s shelters, picnic tables etc.
    • installation of handrails or grab bars
  • generate measurable benefits/outcomes to access issues; and
  • improve resident and visitor experience in the Bega Valley Shire.

Grant specific criteria/information

  • The grant is open to not-for-profit organisations, community groups and for-profit businesses (extra conditions apply).
  • There is one grant round per financial year.
  • Access can be defined as – something that prevents a person’s participation in community life due to physical, social, economic or cultural barriers. i.e. broken footpath, steps to a premise, cost of service, location of a service, language etc.
  • The project must be able to demonstrate an improvement to access for residents and/or visitors to the Shire.
  • All applications are assessed on their merits based on the eligibility criteria (presented earlier in this document) and any criteria listed in this section.
  • Recommendations are made by a sub-committee of the BVSC AIAC, ratified by the full AIAC and presented to Council for final decision.
  • Council must be contacted before any works are undertaken with regard to development compliance obligations.
  • Recipients are required to recognise BVSC on any promotional material. Council’s logo can be supplied on request in various electronic file types.
  • An acquittal (how you spent the money) of the grant will be required. It is strongly recommended that appropriate records be kept including receipts, invoices, photographs, promotional material etc.
  • Projects that add value to other funding or grants, or utilise volunteers will be highly regarded.
  • Innovative trials or initiatives that improve the lives of people living with a disability or impairment will also be highly regarded.

Grant program timelines

  • The grant is subject to Council resolution and available funds.
Grant steps May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Applications open   4 weeks                    
Applications close                        
Assessment Committee Review                        
Report to Council                        
Advise applicants and complete agreements                        
Projects undertaken Projects need to be completed within 12 months of allocation of funds.
Activity reports / acquittals Acquittals are due 2 months after project is completed.


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