About the community support program

The Community Support Program (CSP) is committed to supporting organisations or community groups who provide social and sustainable benefits to the Hunter community.

The aim of the CSP is to provide one-off funding support for the provision of resources that will assist with the development of an event or program. Such resources may include sporting equipment, uniforms, educational materials, training resources, furniture or any other equipment that will have a direct benefit to the people they serve.

Successful applicants are required to have additional means of funding, with NCIG committing up to 50% of the total funds required for the project.

Applicant Guidelines

As a guide, eligible applicants are seen as those who:

  • Can demonstrate the capacity to use funds effectively for the benefit of the Newcastle and broader Hunter region – in particular the communities which lie close to our facility at Kooragang.
  • Assist the community at large rather than an interest group or individual.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to grassroots projects or programs that have a direct benefit to the community.

It is seen as inappropriate for funds to be allocated to private companies seeking finance for individual business activities, projects focused on capital works or projects that are traditionally funded by governments.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applications will only be considered from groups that operate within acceptable community standards. While a Deductable Gift Recipient (DGR) or not-for-profit status is advantageous, it is not essential.

For example, organisations that provide a service for enhancing the lives of children and/or adults through an educational or well-being program, or an organisation who provides a vital community service in the areas of health, environment or education are encouraged to apply.

Assessment Criteria

All Community Support Program applicants must address a series of criteria in their application including:

  • Can demonstrate how the remaining 50% of funds will be sourced
  • The number of people the project is expected to reach
  • Any media or publicity the project is likely to attract
  • Program timeline and milestones
  • NCIG brand recognition
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