Singleton Community and Economic Development Fund

The CEDF was established by Singleton Council in partnership with The Bloomfield Group and Glencore in 2019 using proceeds from VPAs in a proactive approach to managing the impacts of mining by using the money to increase economic growth and productivity, as well as promote health and wellbeing for the people of the Singleton local government area.

The Fund is administered by the CEDF Joint Management Board comprising Council, The Bloomfield Group and Glencore representatives. Accordingly, the objectives of the Community Economic Development Fund are to assist in proactively using policy funds to increase economic growth and productivity and promote health and wellbeing for the communities of the Singleton LGA.  

The broad principles of the Fund are to support the socio-economic future of Singleton by:

  • Creating an environment that fosters and supports business, promotes job creation, supports entrepreneurship and diversifies our industry base.
  • Providing education and training to create the foundations of a prosperous economy and community.
  • Supporting and promoting activities that provide personal fulfilment for residents through arts and culture, encouraging personnel development and by creating beautiful outdoor spaces.
  • Supporting and promoting sporting activities and events that provide physical development and pathways to excellence.
  • Minimising the impacts of social issues such as homelessness and mental health issues.
  • Improving infrastructure to a standard equal to or better than what is available in our cities.
  • Promoting and supporting initiatives that preserves regional biodiversity, minimises waste, supports long-term community sustainability and minimises environmental impacts for future generations.


Round Two Funding Proposal Now Open

Funding Proposals are now open for eligible programs or projects with a minimum value of $10,000 in Round Two of the Community and Economic Development Fund (CEDF). Round Two applications will be accepted under two streams:

Stream 1: funding for projects that are delivered over three years

Stream 2: funding for projects that will be delivered within one year

 A Funding Proposal can be submitted by completing an application form for consideration by the CEDF Joint Management Board. Application forms can be downloaded below. 

A Funding Proposal must comply with the following eligibility criteria: 

  1. Have a demonstrated economic, social or environmental benefit for the community within the Singleton Local Government Area and must: 

i. be for a public purpose as defined by s7.4 (2) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979*

ii. meet the intent of the Program,

* S7.4 (2) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 states: A public purpose includes (without limitation) any of the following: (a) the provision of (or the recoupment of the cost of providing) public amenities or public services, (b) the provision of (or the recoupment of the cost of providing) affordable housing, (c) the provision of (or the recoupment of the cost of providing) transport or other infrastructure relating to land, (d) the funding of recurrent expenditure relating to the provision of public amenities or public services, affordable housing or transport or other infrastructure, (e) the monitoring of the planning impacts of development, (f) the conservation or enhancement of the natural environment

  1. A Funding Proposal may include:
    1. socio-economic programs and services
    2. the construction and/or maintenance of infrastructure
    3. environmental conservation works
    4. research, training or education
    5. community welfare
    6. community events
  1. A Funding Proposal submitted to the Joint Management Board for consideration must: 
    1. describe the proposed expenditure including
      1. an overview of its benefit to the Singleton Local Government Area community 
      2. how it meets the intent of the Program
      3. the reasons why Development Contributions should be spent on the Funding Proposal
    2. set out an indicative costing for the proposed expenditure including any ongoing costs.
  2. A Funding Proposal must not be submitted to the Joint Management Board for consideration which: 
    1. benefits private companies or individuals
    2. seeks finance for individual business activities
    3. seeks to finance endeavours solely for personal gain, or
    4. benefits discriminatory and / or exclusive organisations

 Funding proposals close 31 October 2022.


Application Form

For more information or to obtain a hard copy of the application form, contact Council’s Customer Service team on T 02 6578 7290 or E

Round One Beneficiaries

A total of $526,333 was made available under the first round of the groundbreaking CEDF. Applications for the first round of funding were called in October 2021 and announced in February 2022.

The full list of successful projects is:

  • Singleton Netball Association – lighting upgrade to courts 1- 6: $56,331
  • Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association – business case for improved connectivity to the nbn: $50,000
  • Singleton PCYC – BBQ trailer to support PCYC fundraising endeavours: $20,000
  • Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter – sculpture seating for the Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre: $14,200
  • Youth Off the Streets – support services for youth program: $41,000
  • Hunter Women’s Centre – domestic violence counselling services and prevention: $30,020
  • Singleton Landcare – regeneration of PA Heuston lookout: $12,200
  • Singleton Country Women’s Association – upgrade of kitchen amenities: $87,997
  • On Track Hunter – youth education and employment program: $60,000 ($30,000 per year for two years)
  • Singleton Heights Pre-School – food pantry project: $26,880 ($13,440 per year for two years)
  • Broke Residents Association – Bulga to Broke discovery trail feasibility study: $50,000
  • Singleton Triathlon Club – electronic timing device: $17,705
  • Lifeline Hunter – establishment of crisis support hub for suicide prevention in Singleton: $60,000 ($30,000 per year for two years)