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Innovative grants to support clever ideas


Business and community members have the opportunity to share in $20,000 to take their great idea to the next level with Lake Macquarie City Council’s inaugural Innovator Support Program.

Council is offering grants from $500 up to $5000 for innovative ideas that will help to address a local community challenge or problem.

Council’s Smart Cities Lead Claire Chaikin-Bryan said the program invests in nurturing, retaining and attracting the innovators of today and tomorrow.

“This initiative is giving Lake Macquarie businesses and residents with clever ideas the opportunity to develop them further, with the potential to create products, programs or initiatives that will benefit the community,” Ms Chaikin-Bryan said.

“This is an opportunity for anyone, of any age including young people and children, to submit their innovative ideas and solutions for potential challenges we as a community will face in the years to come.”

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser urged anyone in Lake Macquarie with an innovative idea, prototype or project to apply.

“We believe the greatest opportunity for our region’s future lies in our people; their ideas, skills, experience and enterprise to drive growth, Cr Fraser said.

“This program is another example of the Council working with our community to develop solutions to important challenges we face as a City.”

There are two categories of funding available; creation of a prototype or minimum viable product, and implementation of an innovative project in the Lake Macquarie community.

For details about the funding criteria and how to apply, visit lakemac.com.au. Applications close Monday 3 May 2021.

The program is part of a suite of activities Council is running as part of the 2021 Hunter Innovation Festival.

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