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Castlemaine Jazz Festival performers

If you're planning a community event or activity this year, don't forget to apply for a Council community grant.

Monday 29 January 2018

If you are planning an event, activity or project for 2018 you can now apply for a community grant from Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Grants of up to $3,000 are available for incorporated community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Projects and initiatives must meet funding priorities.

“Community grants are a great way for Council to support our community to be socially connected and inclusive, which is one of our objectives in the Council Plan,” said Lisa Knight, Director Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We would love to hear from groups and organisations about their ideas for the year and how we can help to support their projects and activities,” said Ms Knight.

To help groups to prepare their application and discuss ideas Council is holding drop-in sessions in early February.

“The sessions allow groups to have a chat to our team and make sure their idea meets the program guidelines,” said Ms Knight.

“They’ll find out tips on strengthening their application, how to best meet grant criteria, identify potential project partners and refine their project idea.

“This information will help ensure applicants understand the guidelines and can make a real difference between a good application and a great one,” she said.

Drop-in sessions will be held at:

• 10.30am to 11.30am, Monday 5 February, Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine
• 2.00pm to 3.00pm, Tuesday 6 February, Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine

There are four main steps to apply:

1. Read the program guidelines at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/CommunityGrants or pop into the Civic Centre to collect a hard copy.
2. Discuss your proposal with Council officers by email, phone or attend a drop-in session
3. Seek additional information or project partners to support your application
4. Complete and submit the application online by 4.00pm, Friday 23 February.

To discuss your project idea please email grants@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or phone our Customer Service Team on 5471 1700.

Image: The 2017 Castlemaine Jazz Festival was one of many local events supported by a Council community grant (photo: Robbie Noakes).

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