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Expressions of Interest are open for the Event Saver Program

Major events and festivals that have been cancelled or significantly disrupted by COVID-19 Public Health Orders will be supported by funding through the NSW Government’s Event Saver Fund. Major events are a key economic driver that create thousands of jobs across the state. The Event Saver Fund will ensure organisers aren’t left high and dry…

Widen your horizons with grants galore

For many, finding suitable grants can be a difficult task, however knowing where to look and who to talk to makes it that much easier! Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Unit are here to support you and your business to provide information on opportunities available to help your business grow and succeed. Grants are designed…

Investing in the people of Cessnock is investing in the future of Cessnock

Cessnock City Council’s Mayoral Scholarship Program provides financial support for residents of the local government area (LGA) to help achieve their educational goals at TAFE or university. It targets students undertaking studies in industries offering gainful employment in the Cessnock LGA, such as hospitality, tourism, education, engineering, medical, mining, communications and manufacturing. The program has…

New funding available for community-led bushfire recovery projects

  Applications for Round 2 of Cessnock City Council’s Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Grant (BCRRF) are now open. The funding is designed to support small scale, community-led projects that promote recovery, resilience, disaster preparedness and wellbeing support following the 2019/20 bushfires that impacted parts of the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA). The BCRRF is…

Suite of grant programs to boost visitor economy

The NSW Government has announced a suite of grant programs offering more than $8 million to drive the visitor economy’s recovery. Destinations, tourism operators and events can kick off their recovery efforts with this much-welcomed boost post COVID. A range of projects and initiatives are eligible for funding through the following 4 programs to be…

$8.8 million upgrade to Cessnock Airport set for take off

Cessnock City Council is pleased to announce the $8.8 million upgrade to Cessnock Airport will kick off in early 2022, after the tender for the project was awarded at its Wednesday meeting. In March 2019, Council applied for grant funding under the Restart NSW Growing Local Economies Fund and was advised in April 2020 that…

New Economic Recovery Strategy labelled as a game changer

The NSW Government has announced the NSW Economic Recovery Strategy which includes a $500 million support package to revive the events and tourism industry across regional NSW. Labelled as a game changer, the support package is set to turbo charge a post COVID economic recovery. As part of the package, households of school-aged children in…

Helping hand for local heritage

In welcome news for owners of heritage listed properties across the region, Cessnock City Council has announced applications for its 2021/22 Local Heritage Fund are now open. If your heritage place is looking a little worse for wear and in need of repairs or a fresh coat of paint to give it a new lease…

The Rebuilding Futures program – New Grant

Suncorp Group has announced a new Community Partnership with the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR). The aim of the program is to support communities to strengthen their resilience through long-term recovery from significant natural disasters by undertaking community-identified and led long-term recovery activities for public benefit. The Rebuilding Futures program encourages communities to build back better to…

$280 million available for recovery and resilience after Black Summer Bushfires

The $280 million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery (BSBR) Grants program will help communities address priorities for recovery and resilience after the 2019-20 bushfires. This grants program comes from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund and is additional to support already provided through a range of bushfire recovery programs. It covers every Local Government Area that was…

Micro businesses eligible for funding

  If you are a micro-business that has been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Micro-business grant. Eligible small businesses, sole traders or not-for-profit organisations with aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 may be eligible to apply for a fortnightly payment of $1,500 to cover business expenses…

Christmas comes early as $1.3 million secured for community projects

Cessnock City Council welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government that Council will receive more than $1.3 million to fund four exciting community projects. The funding is from the NSW Government’s $50 million Resources for Regions Program Round Seven. Council was allocated the following: Cessnock Pool Splash Pad Stage 2 – $420,300 Beautification of Rotary…