Mayoral Community Fund now open

Media release - 16 June 2017

Applications have now opened for the 2017-2018 Mayoral Community Fund.

The small community grants program is an initiative of Kempsey Shire Council and is aimed at supporting community projects that produce a positive outcome for the Macleay Valley.

Mayor Liz Campbell said Council was delighted to open this year’s funding round, and invited the community to submit an application for small grants that will help deliver projects or programs planned over the next 12 months.

These small community grants have been made available through savings made when Councillors waive many of their entitlements allocated to the Elected Officials’ Expense budget.

“My fellow councillors and I are proud to support the community in providing programs and projects that enrich the well-being of people in the Macleay,” Cr Campbell said.

“This is a gesture we make to the community as a way we can contribute to help worthwhile community projects come to life. We look forward to seeing what projects can be supported through this fund, and the great results the entire community can benefit from.”

Last year’s funding round was shared among community groups such as the South West Rocks Netball Club, the Kempsey-Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club and the Kempsey Show Society.

A handful of organisations have been exempt from having to submit an application, and these are for long-standing community events Council has supported over many years. These include end-of-year scholastic achievement awards for local schools and TAFE, Country Education Foundation Australia and the Carols by Candlelight event held each Christmas.

If you are a group, organisation or individual based in or providing services to the residents of the Kempsey Shire, you may be eligible to receive funds towards upcoming community programs or projects.

For full details, download the application form at or contact Customer Services on 6566 3200. Applications must be received by 4:30pm on Friday 28 July, 2017.