Donations & Grants:
Council calls for applications
Are you looking for financial assistance from Orange City Council?
Orange City Council is asking for applications from community groups who want to access Council’s financial assistance program.
The aim of the program is to provide financial assistance to community groups who provide direct benefit to the community.
The value of the financial assistance program is now close to $200,000 as it now includes:
- rates reimbursement
- sports participants/representation
- sports facility partnership program
- general donations (hire fees reduction, seed funding, miscellaneous)
- general donations (school annual prize giving)
- event sponsorship
- heritage grants
Donations and grants policy
The donations and grants policy includes guidelines on how to make an application for donations/financial support.
Some donation types are only considered once a year. Others are considered once a quarter. Funding is not available retrospectively (for past years) and applications must be made every year.
Orange City Council staff members are available to handle enquiries about each type of donation.
Sport - Ben Keegan 6393 8535 You can find more information about sports grants here.
Heritage - Alison Russell 6393 8170 You can find more information by clicking the link Guidelines - Heritage Assistance Fund
All Other Funding Requests - Linda McFadden 6393 8297
TIPS - applying for support
As part of the application process, there is a focus on identifying the local benefit the event/project will bring to the Orange community.
For this reason, applicants need to specify which strategy their project aligns to in Orange City Council’s Community Strategic Plan.
The Community Strategic Plan can be download here.
In some of the application forms, there is also a section for applicants to identify which local businesses they will use - so Council can try to track the broader benefit and impact of this program.
Council has sent a Letter to previous applicants advising that new applications are being invited.
You can find more information in Council’s donations and grants policy:
For your convenience, you can also download these application forms as WORD (on-screen editable) files:
Some donations (depending on value or deliverable) may require a funding agreement between the recipient and Council.
This is a sample of the funding agreement: Funding agreement - Donations and Grants
Timing of applications
Council encourages members of the community to make written application (using the prescribed application form) by 4.00 pm on Friday, 23 February 2018 - so they can all be considered at the same time as part of the annual budget deliberations.
The budget allocations for grants are limited and the grants and most donations are made during the annual budget deliberations. Applications can be made throughout the year but applicants need to be aware that as the financial year progresses, less money will be available for financial assistance.
Applications can be:
E-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The General Manager
Orange City Council
PO Box 35
ORANGE NSW 2800