Community groups and businesses in the Shire will be able to more easily find and apply for grants with the help of a new grant finder.

Muswellbrook Shire Council has joined forces with Australia’s most powerful grant search engine, Grant Guru, to deliver a free one-stop-shop website for community and business grants.

The Grant Guru portal can be used to find available grants and filter grants by specifying location, industry and type of project. The website also assists with advice and top tips for finding and applying for grants to maximise the chance of receiving the funding needed.

Council’s community services manager Kim Manwarring said Council wants to help locals find and apply for grants.

"There are a lot of great funding opportunities out there, but the process of finding and applying for grants can be daunting and time consuming and many people don’t know where to start looking.

“The grant finder is an exciting tool and we encourage community groups, sports clubs, not-for-profit organisations and business to jump on board,” Ms Manwarring said.

Council’s grants and community engagement co-ordinator Ivan Skaines said that Muswellbrook Council joins 150 councils nationwide who have introduced the portal to their communities.

 "Grant Guru takes the guess work out of searching for grants and help groups and businesses navigate the process. With more than 1,180 grants worth $99.5B available, ideas can become reality.

Visit the Muswellbrook Shire Council website and click on the Grant Guru link for more information and to register.

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