Donations Policy Review

Consultation has concluded

Council is updating its Donations Policy to achieve greater accountability, transparency and accessibility to funds for projects and events which align with the strategic direction and goals for the Shoalhaven.

Changes are being proposed to the applications process to ensure that community groups and organisations will have the opportunity to access donation funding for activities that contribute to the wellbeing and culture of the community.

It is anticipated that the new Policy will apply to applications for funding for the 2019/ 2020 financial year.


About the Policy

Council has made donations to community groups for many years. In order to improve Council’s processes for distributing donations in a more accountable, transparent and equitable way, an amended Donations Policy is being proposed for adoption.

Under the current procedures, the donation funding is split between recurring payments (Allocated Donations) and new donations voted by the Council during the year (Unallocated Donations). A large number of the donations have been made on an “allocated” (rolling) basis each year. This has meant that some applicants have been unsuccessful because the majority of the donations budget has already been exhausted for the year as a result of the large number of “allocated” donations and other potential applicants, equally eligible, may not have been aware that this funding avenue was available.

The Draft Donations Policy will introduce an Annual Donations Assessment procedure, with all applicants required to complete an application form for consideration by an Assessment Panel. This is intended to improve access to funding for all groups in the community, and to enhance the fairness and transparency of Council’s allocation of donations.

It is proposed that applications for donations will be made under three main categories: General Donations (Culture, Community & Environment); Sponsorship of Local Events; and Subsidised Rental, Rates and Use of Council Facilities. The draft Policy also provides opportunity for emergency funding.

For further information, please view the background document.


Provide Feedback

Council is seeking feedback from the community on the Draft Policy from 15 March to 12 April 2019.

Please view the Draft Policy and provide feedback via the feedback form below.

Alternatively, written submissions will also be accepted - quote Council’s reference 4306E and address to the General Manager, Shoalhaven City Council, PO Box 42, Nowra 2541.

Please note that feedback submitted to Council on this matter may be open to public inspection without notifying the correspondents.


Council is updating its Donations Policy to achieve greater accountability, transparency and accessibility to funds for projects and events which align with the strategic direction and goals for the Shoalhaven.

Changes are being proposed to the applications process to ensure that community groups and organisations will have the opportunity to access donation funding for activities that contribute to the wellbeing and culture of the community.

It is anticipated that the new Policy will apply to applications for funding for the 2019/ 2020 financial year.


About the Policy

Council has made donations to community groups for many years. In order to improve Council’s processes for distributing donations in a more accountable, transparent and equitable way, an amended Donations Policy is being proposed for adoption.

Under the current procedures, the donation funding is split between recurring payments (Allocated Donations) and new donations voted by the Council during the year (Unallocated Donations). A large number of the donations have been made on an “allocated” (rolling) basis each year. This has meant that some applicants have been unsuccessful because the majority of the donations budget has already been exhausted for the year as a result of the large number of “allocated” donations and other potential applicants, equally eligible, may not have been aware that this funding avenue was available.

The Draft Donations Policy will introduce an Annual Donations Assessment procedure, with all applicants required to complete an application form for consideration by an Assessment Panel. This is intended to improve access to funding for all groups in the community, and to enhance the fairness and transparency of Council’s allocation of donations.

It is proposed that applications for donations will be made under three main categories: General Donations (Culture, Community & Environment); Sponsorship of Local Events; and Subsidised Rental, Rates and Use of Council Facilities. The draft Policy also provides opportunity for emergency funding.

For further information, please view the background document.


Provide Feedback

Council is seeking feedback from the community on the Draft Policy from 15 March to 12 April 2019.

Please view the Draft Policy and provide feedback via the feedback form below.

Alternatively, written submissions will also be accepted - quote Council’s reference 4306E and address to the General Manager, Shoalhaven City Council, PO Box 42, Nowra 2541.

Please note that feedback submitted to Council on this matter may be open to public inspection without notifying the correspondents.


Draft Donations Policy and Guidelines Feedback

Consultation has concluded