Without the usual fundraising opportunities to support their activities, many of Canberra’s community groups and organisations have had a tough couple of years. But, help is now at hand as the Icon Water community support program has announced a new round of community support funding.
The program has been running for more than 20 years, providing $400,000 annually to help support the community, particularly catering to not-for-profit and charitable organisations.
Icon Water general manager Davina McCormick said as a valued partner in the community, the ACT utilities provider endeavoured to support a variety of sectors across the ACT and surrounding regions.
Applications are now open for local organisations that are seeking financial support for the 2022/23 financial year.
“We sponsor many vital support services such as Lifeline Canberra, Canberra Sleepbus, Kids in Care ACT and Menslink,” Ms McCormick said.
Applicants are invited to apply for one of three categories that include community sectors, community inclusion and affiliated industries, with applications remaining open until 30 April 2022.
Funding will commence in July 2022.
The new support program will allow community organisations to apply for funding for specific projects that support the local community.
As well as supporting charities, Icon Water will also offer their support and funding to community sporting clubs, educational and cultural initiatives, local community groups and projects focusing on the environment and sustainability.
Although there is no limit as to how much funding an organisation or group can request for support, it must meet Icon Water’s specific assessment criteria.
“It’s really important the organisations we support not only provide a benefit to the ACT community, but they also must align with Icon Water’s values and must not negatively impact the environment or the community,” Ms McCormick said.
Icon Water will assess the suitability of every application they receive to ensure the groups and organisations meet their requirements and then assess which organisations they will support.
Ms McCormick said it is always a tough decision to assess and decide who will receive the funding from Icon Water.
“Every year we receive many impressive applications, and we aim to maximise the impact and value to our community with the funding we provide,” she said.
Acknowledging the past few years have been particularly difficult for many people and there has been an increasing demand for community support services since the pandemic hit, Ms McCormick said, “We look forward to contributing our support to helping our community through this challenging time.”
To learn more about the application process and assessment criteria, visit Icon Water.