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Council has announced the latest round of community grants, with $150,000 to be shared between 61 local groups.

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council has proudly announced that 61 community groups will share more than $150,000 in grants to deliver local events and initiatives throughout the shire.

“The community grants program is a terrific way for Council to support local organisations and projects that will bring tremendous benefits to our community,” said Lisa Knight, Director Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Some of the projects supported this year include a community gathering for World Suicide Prevention Day, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Maldon Urban Landcare, landscape design for the Newstead Railway Arts Hub, first aid training for members of the Guildford Progress Association and working towards a plastic-bag free shire with Boomerang Bags,” said Ms Knight.

Other projects are accessibility improvements for Harcourt Preschool, support for addiction self-help group SMART Recovery Castlemaine, cooking demonstrations at Castlemaine Farmers Market, improvements to signage at Kaweka Park Sanctuary and a seed library project led by The Growing Abundance Project.

Council received more than 70 grant applications, with a strong interest in the new categories of natural environment and sustainability.

“So many of our community groups have a passion for preserving the natural environment and reducing the impact of climate change,” said Ms Knight.

“We are also thrilled to be able to support a variety of projects to improve the health, wellbeing and social connections through the community grants program.”

A list of funded projects is available on the Community Grants section of Council’s website. All applicants have been notified regarding the outcome of their submission by email.

For more information please contact Rebecca Smith, Community Partnerships Officer, on 5471 1744 or email grants@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

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