Do you run an ECEC service in the Byron Shire? Grants now available to connect community

Do you run an ECEC service in the Byron Shire? Grants now available to connect community

by Freya Lucas

May 11, 2022

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) providers who operate services in the New South Wales Byron Shire are being invited to apply for their share in $360,000 of grant funding which is available for community connection initiatives. 

 

The funding is part of the NSW Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program, which aims to support communities and businesses to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Eligible events must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Be open to the public
  • Free to attend or a small fee
  • Designed to reconnect communities
  • Be held before 23 March 2023.

 

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon said the funding presents a terrific opportunity for locals to put on events such as festivals, fetes, concerts and public gatherings to connect the community and celebrate spirit and connection.

 

“In the wake of the floods it is important for us to acknowledge the tremendous spirit, resilience, love and connection in our community,” he added.

 

Examples of eligible events include:

 

  • Community markets
  • Festivals and fairs
  • Sporting events
  • Food and leisure events
  • Recovery events
  • Community classes and workshops
  • Agricultural field days
  • Theatre programs
  • Community public holiday events (e.g. ANZAC Day, Australia Day).

 

Applications should demonstrate how the event will contribute to rebuilding community connection, deliver positive social outcomes and support local businesses.  

 

Applications close on Friday 27 May, with more information about the Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program available on the Council’s website.

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