Port Lincoln council give further $82,500 in community grants

CITY COUNCIL: Port Lincoln City Council finalises grant funding for the 2018/19 financial year.
CITY COUNCIL: Port Lincoln City Council finalises grant funding for the 2018/19 financial year.

The Port Lincoln City Council has given a $52,500 boost to local festivals and events in its latest round of community grants.

The council has spent $99,500 of the $102,500 allocated in the 2018/19 budget for community grants, leaving $3000 for minor funding requests.

Earlier this financial year the council gave $10,000 to SA Variety Bash, $5000 to Muroto Friendship Group and $2000 to the SANFL.

A Community Funding Council Assessment Panel examines each request before making recommendations to the council on funding allocation, however some recommendations were disregarded.

The panel recommended the council not give Eyre Futures $5000 for its driving and mentoring program because its application was not specific enough.

However, the council disagreed as previous successful grant applications had set a precedent. 

The largest grant went to the 2019 Tunarama Festival, with $32,500 to go towards running the event and associated costs.

Port Lincoln Community House, the SALT Festival and West Coast Youth and Community Support all received $10,000 in funding to help their development.

EP Auto Sports Club received $10,000 in funding to help with barrier construction during their Auto Sprint event.

Deputy mayor Faye Davis said it was important for the EP Auto Sprint to have the support of the council.

“It’s a very young event and they deserve the support of council,” she said.

Ms Broadfoot agreed and said the application was “highly professional” with data and photographs to show event targets.

Grants of $2500 were given to the local Red Cross to provide accessible beach access and the Port Lincoln City Band to help with FAME Award costs.

The Kirton Point Children’s Centre also requested $2500 in funding for its bush group activities, but were unsuccessful. 

Expression of interests for the next round can be made in March.