An event idea? Parkes Shire Council has funds to bring the community together after COVID | Parkes Champion Post

CALL FOR IDEAS: The Parkes Shire Council is calling for events that will bring our community together…just like Isabelle, Macquenzie and Breanna having fun reconnecting. Picture: FILE

Have a great idea for a community event, but need some funding to make it happen?

Parkes County Council wants to hear from you.

Parkes has received $239,651 through the NSW Government’s Reconnecting NSW regional community events program – and they are calling for expressions of interest from local groups.

Under this scheme, the Parkes Shire Council (“Council”) has received a dedicated allocation of $239,651 to fund COVID-free community events and festivals in the Parkes Shire local government area.

Cian Middleton, the council’s director of clientele, corporate services and economics, told advisers the funding is designed to bring people together after COVID – and with the easing of COVID restrictions.

“The Council has begun an expression of interest process and invited community groups, sports clubs and event organizers who wish to submit expressions of interest for this funding,” he said.

“Once this process is complete, all Expressions of Interest will be brought back to the board and will be the subject of a workshop prior to the June board meeting.”

Local event organisers, including community groups, business and industry groups, and sports clubs and associations, are invited to submit an Expression of Interest via the Council’s Your Say Parkes platform, available at

According to the guidelines, funded events must:

  • Be open to all members of the public;
  • Free participation or a small fee to cover additional costs;
  • Have the main objective of reconnecting communities and improving the social cohesion of the local community; and
  • Be held before March 31, 2023.

This funding will support seven to ten events, with up to $17,000 available for each event.

Applications will be assessed against criteria ensuring that funding is allocated to events across the Parkes Shire and in the following categories:

  • Children 0-11
  • Youth 12-25
  • Seniors
  • Native
  • Cultural
  • Arts
  • Health
  • Community celebrations

For existing events, you will need to show how the funding will make the event bigger and/or more accessible.

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