BHP and Singleton Council has put forward a $300,000 grants program to assist community groups and businesses in COVID-19 recovery.
BHP’s Vital Resources fund, alongside Singleton Council’s Community Support Package, have given community groups and businesses in Singleton the opportunity to apply for a share of $300,000 under a grants program launched by Singleton Council.
The generosity of the $200,000 injection by BHP on top of $100,000 already committed by Council will help assist and rebuild the local community and economy with eligible community groups able to apply for a share of $200,000 and businesses for a share of $100,000.
The councils $1.8 million Community Support Package includes the Community Relief and Rebuild Fund and Business Relief and Rebuild Fund, which already includes $500,000 for community and economic programs to help the community deal with the impacts of COVID-19 now and build resilience into the future.
The local grants program is one of nine projects BHP has supported in the Upper Hunter under its Vital Resources Fund.
Mt Arthur Coal General Manager Adam Lancey acknowledged the important role local community groups and businesses play in building vibrant and resilient communities and was proud that BHP could financially support eligible groups through Singleton Council’s Community Relief and Rebuild Fund and the Business Relief and Rebuild Fund.
“Local community groups and business are the backbone of regional communities and supporting them to recover from a crisis is the right thing to do,” Mr Lancey said.
“That’s why BHP’s Vital Resources Fund was established, to support regional Australian communities facing significant challenges as a result of COVID-19.”
Singleton Mayor Sue Moore said it was a great way for Council and industry to work together.
“The Community Relief and Rebuild Fund for community groups will provide $200,000 for organisations that provide assistance to vulnerable members of our community as well as community-based organisations, social and sporting groups to cope with increased demand for services and deliver activities to help reconnect our community.
“Similarly, the Business Relief and Rebuild Fund will provide $100,000 for businesses across our local government area that weren’t eligible for government assistance to carry out essential projects to help them to recover and grow stronger, which in turn makes our local economy stronger,” Cr Moore said.
“These are targeted funds to provide direct assistance on the ground where it’s needed most, and I encourage all eligible community groups and local businesses to apply.”
For more information about the Community Relief and Rebuild Fund and Business Relief and Rebuild Fund go to http://www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/ or follow Singleton Council on Facebook.