Sun shines across the plains as Moree Solar Farm Community Enhancement Fund opens for applications

APPLICATIONS are currently open for this year’s Moree Solar Farm Community Enhancement Fund. The fund offers community, sporting or educational organisations in the Moree Plains Shire the opportunity to propose projects or programs that will have a positive impact on the community, or practical solutions to current community needs.

The maximum allocation fo funding this year is just over $25,500, provided as an annual contribution by Moree Solar Farm. 

Moree Plains Shire Council’s General Manager Lester Rodgers said the Community Enhancement Fund was established to provide financial assistance to enhance the local physical or social environment or provide a service to promote community well-being or environmental sustainability.

“We hope the successful grant applications will present some new ideas and some forward thinking that will have long term, high community impact,” Mr Rodgers said.

The Moree and District Historical Society members; one of the recipients of the 2020 Community Enhancement Fund contribution.

Last year the Community Enhancement Fund was divided and awarded to two community groups within the Moree Plains Shire: the Northern Gomeroi Aboriginal Corporation and Moree and District Historical Society.

Northern Gomeroi Aboriginal Corporation received for $12,700 to upgrade the Boggabilla Men’s Shed and adjoining office space and the Moree and District Historical Society received $12,700 to replace the carpet at 40 Frome Street, Moree in preparation to opening a new museum on local history.

Under the Policy, Council will be able to consider how many local projects they wish to support as part of the annual contribution from the Moree Solar Farm allowing for larger scale projects.

Mr Carlo Frigerio from FRV was pleased the company’s commitment to the Moree Plains’ community was demonstrated in being able to support local initiatives.

“Through the Community Enhancement Fund, FRV are pleased to continue supporting projects and social initiatives that improve Moree’s community living conditions, enhancing people’s wellbeing and fostering local development,” Mr Frigerio said.

“FRV remains committed to the growth of clean and sustainable energy in Australia with a clear focus on community engagement during the development, construction and operational life of the projects.”

Council advises the community it will consider eligible applications for financial assistance under the Community Enhancement Fund for the 2021 calendar year at its meeting on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Applications up to $25,508 can be considered.

Individuals or groups wishing to apply for financial assistance are required to complete and submit a Community Enhancement Fund Application Form by no later than midnight Sunday 14 March 2020 to enable the application to be considered.  In accordance with the Community Enhancement Fund Policy, applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

A copy of the Community Enhancement Fund Application Form and Policy are available on Council’s website

Media Release: Friday, march 5, 2021