Port Stephens Council has approved close to $30,000 for projects that address the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the community.
Mayor Ryan Palmer says the program had been designed to help “restart” Port Stephens.
“We launched our new funding programs in July 2020 in response to COVID-19,” Mayor Palmer said.
“We knew then, as we do now, that social and economic impacts of the pandemic on our community are far-reaching,” he said.
“Our community support sector play a key role in helping us address these impacts and ensure that our people have access to the programs and help that they need.
“The Community Support Fund is just one of 10 funding programs we have available to help people with a range of projects and events throughout the year.”
Port Stephens Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator, Rachel Wood said applications were now open for the Evening Economy Fund.
“We’re now looking for ideas that will inject excitement and life into the town centres of Raymond Terrace and Nelson Bay from 4pm to 9pm — it could be anything from live music and street performances to night markets, micro theatres and more,” she said.