Community Projects and Events Share in Over $275k
Published on 24 July 2019
Moyne Shire residents and visitors are set to benefit from a range of projects and events following a decision at this week’s council meeting to allocate $278,306 across 43 successful applications.
Aimed at building stronger communities, Moyne Shire Council’s Community Grants Program provides funding for a range of projects, festivals, events, equipment, programs and activities.
Grants of up to $20,000 were available to community groups for facility upgrades or to purchase new equipment, and up to $5,000 for a broad range of community programs and initiatives. Up to $10,000 was available for eligible festivals and events.
Moyne Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Mick Wolfe said the 2019/20 program will benefit both residents and visitors alike, with a range of projects and events supported across the shire.
“It’s terrific to be able to support such a wide range of projects, being delivered by passionate community members,” Councillor Wolfe said.
“Projects include works at Caramut and Nullawarre Halls, upgrades at Laang Speedway, lighting improvements to Mortlake Men’s Shed and an outdoor fitness circuit at Koroit Station.
“We’re also supporting tennis programs in Peterborough, upgrades to the Macarthur Swimming Pool kiosk, equipment for Reardon Theatre in Port Fairy and a water rehabilitation project at the Mortlake Golf Course.
“A total of 15 events and festivals will also receive funding, including the Women on Farms Gathering, Christmas celebrations in Nullawarre and Mortlake, the Port Fairy Jazz Festival and the Koroit Irish Festival.”
Council’s Community Grants Program encourages community groups to seek other financial and in-kind contributions as part of their application process.
“Council’s financial support to the 15 events and festivals was $72,580, with their total value reaching $840,855. That means for every Council dollar provided, a further $8 in total value has been raised and is being invested into the community.”
With the allocated 2019/20 budget for the Community Grants Program not being exhausted by the applications received, Council will be opening a second round of the Program, making a further $60,000 available for eligible community projects and events.
“Council officers work closely with community groups to help with their applications for funding, resulting in nearly all applications being successful,” Councillor Wolfe said.
“The second round of funding is likely to be open for application later this year and I encourage community groups to follow council’s social media sites, website or contact our customer service team to stay in touch of timing of future funding rounds and other grant opportunities available.”