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Grant Programs

Yass Valley Council's grant programs are a wonderful way for Council to provide financial assistance to our community groups and organisations. It is divided into three categories - Community Grants, Local Heritage Grants and Seasonal Major Event Marketing Program.

The Community Grants Program aims to encourage the implementation of projects that enhance existing, or develop new services and activities that maximise access and usage of community resources.

The Local Heritage Grants Program aims to assist owners, property managers and community groups to undertake projects that foster positive community attitudes towards heritage and conservation.

The Seasonal Major Event Marketing Program was developed to ensure a holistic approach to marketing of events within the Yass Valley for the benefit of the community and visitors.

In association with the Heritage Branch of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), Yass Valley Council offers an annual Local Heritage Grants Program to assist owners, property managers and community groups to undertake projects within the Yass Valley.  

Please reference Council's policy - SP-POL-4 Local Heritage Grants - for further information on this grant program.

You can make a time to discuss your proposed project with Council’s Heritage Advisor at anytime throughout the year.

2019/20 Local heritage grants application form

Council's Community Grants Program provides financial assistance to not for profit community organisations that are located in the Yass Valley Local Government Area. The aim of the program is to encourage the implementation of projects that enhance existing or develop new services and activities in the areas of:

  • Community and Culture.
  • Recreation and Leisure.
  • Sports and Health.
  • Children, Youth, Aboriginal, Disability and Senior Services.
  • Welfare.
  • Natural Environment.

Please reference Council's policy - SP-POL-3 Community Grants - for further information on this grant program.

Yass Valley Council is committed to supporting tourism within the Local Government Area and recognises the value of major events to the tourism industry and the region’s wider economy. The marketing of major events in Yass Valley is a key mechanism for promoting Yass Valley and to increase visitation to the region.

This program focuses on major events, which have the capacity to draw visitation from outside the Local Government Area and grow that visitation to build the image and profile of Yass Valley as an attractive visitor destination.  It provides an opportunity for event operators to co-invest with Council at agreed levels into a planned and strategic marketing and promotional program across the two major event seasons of spring and autumn. The marketing activity will be undertaken by Council's Economic Development and Tourism unit, which will lead and manage activity including the opportunity to increase the investment by seeking co-funding from external sources such as Destination NSW.

The Seasonal Major Event Marketing Program is designed to provide co-operative investment into the local economy to assist specifically with the coordinated cross promotion and marketing of major events which:

  • Provide significant destination exposure for Yass Valley.
  • Contribute to the development of Yass Valley as a tourism destination.
  • Contribute to the broader visitor economy.
  • Have as a primary aim to promote tourism within Yass Valley, along one of the identified key experience pillars Food & Wine, Nature or Heritage & Arts.
  • Align with the identified target markets of visitors to Yass Valley – True Travellers, Wanderers or Compatriots (Holiday mindsets as used by Destination NSW).
  • Aims to provide cohesion amongst individual events and market the region as a provider of quality events for the benefit of the region as a tourism destination.

Council Donations

For every new term of Council (4 years), a schedule of recurrent donations is established. Organisations receiving those recurrent donations were largely included following a public call for applications.

The current schedule of recurrent donations is located in Council's SP-POL-1 Rates & Charges Donations Policy.

Mayoral Donations

Up to 5% of the annual donations funding allocation shall be reserved for donations to charitable organisations, not-for-profit organisations and small community events. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and General Manager will have discretion to make such donations up to the value of $200.

SP-POL-2 Mayoral Discretionary Donations

A request for a Mayoral Donation must be made in writing, by completing Form 201 - Donations Application and can be made at any time during the financial year.

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