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 Three

Funding Proposals for round three have now closed and are being considered by the CEDF Joint Management Board. Application forms can be downloaded below. 

Round threebeneficiaries will be annoucned in early 2024.

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)

Round Two Beneficiaries

A total of $526,333 was made available under the second round of the CEDF.

The full list of successful projects is:

1. Singleton Mountain Bike Club – project to purchase trailer, tools and equipment to maintain bike tracks

2. Singleton CWA – project to upgrade bathroom facilities at the CWA building

3. Singleton Neighbourhood Centre – project to conduct feasibility study to improve services and provide safe sleeping space