In addition to hiring the hall for various events and classes, Tomerong Hall relies on the generosity of the local community and grants from various philanthropic organisations to ensure the building can be maintained to the standard required for modern events.
During 2020 and 2021, the generosity of the Tomerong community was on display again. Despite being in lockdown due to COVID-9 for a significant time, we were able to successfully complete a massive fundraising effort that also provided people the opportunity to become a permanent part of Tomerong history. The second "Paver Project" saw 129 people purchase an engraved paver in support of the hall, while cementing their place in the community. These pavers were finally laid with the assistance of some amazing volunteers in November 2021, as we emerged from lockdown and prepared for the hall to re-open in time for the Markets to restart.
Tomerong Hall is fortunate to have the support of the local community. In December 2019 a Fundraiser and Christmas Party was held, and with the support of the local Fire Brigade and many volunteers, approximately $7,000 was raised to be used for ongoing maintenance and future projects at the hall.
The Tomerong School of Arts has a dedicated fund raising officer, elected to the management committee, who is experienced in finding appropriate grants and making applications.
IMB Bank has provided $10,000 towards construction of the accessible toilets as part of the IMB Community Foundation Funding program.
Veolia Mulwaree Trust has provided a grant totalling $10,230 as a contribution towards the accessible toilet program planned for the Tomerong School of Arts
As part of the NSW Government's Community Building Partnership Grants, the Tomerong School of Arts was successful in obtaining $17,000 which was used to repair and repaint the interior and exterior of the hall, as well as the main sign on the front of the building.
Tomerong School of Arts has been successful in being awarded funds to develop a community newsletter and information pack through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and the Snow Foundation.
Through the FRRR News Corp Bushfire Fund, an additional $25,000 was provided to assist in completing the accessible toilet.
In December 2021 funding was obtained for the installation of a CCTV system under from the 2021 Volunteer Grants program.
Through the Stronger Communities Programme, the Tomerong School of Arts has secured funding for the installation of a heating and cooling system, and increased solar generation capacity to manage the additional associated costs.
As a community-owned facility, Shoalhaven City Council has been a supporter of the Tomerong School of Arts for many years by offering a donation equivalent to the value of the council rates levied. From the FY2022/23 year, an application has to be made in order to continue receiving this rebate. Fortunately, Shoalhaven City Council continues to recognise the importance of having a facility like the Tomerong Hall available for community use and the application made was successful.