Rates subsidy for community groups
Rates subsidy for community groups policy
The current NSW rating regime does not allow Council discretion in exempting land from rates, meaning some local community organisations are required to pay business rates for their facilities.
The Rates Subsidy for Community Groups policy enables the granting of an annual rate subsidy to qualifying organisations. It has been designed to be simple for applicants, whilst maximising transparency and ensuring appropriate decision-making by Council.
The objectives of the policy are to:
- Establish guidelines and criteria for provision of an annual rate subsidy to not-for-profit community organisations delivering benefits to the Maitland community under Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993;
- Ensure transparency in the establishment of an annual financial allocation and determination of a rate subsidy across qualifying applicants by the elected Council, under Section 377 of the Local Government Act 1993;
- Document the administration process for the application of the subsidy against qualifying rate assessments prior to issue each year.
Rates subsidy for community groups 2021/22 application
Council is currently calling for applications for a rates subsidy from eligible applicants for the current (2021/22) financial year.
Applications close on Friday 26 November 2021. Applications will be determined by Council in early 2022, and adjusted on third quarter instalment notices that will be received in February 2022.