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Council announces events grants

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Congratulations to the 12 successful applicants for the first round of our events grants.

Thursday 26 September 2019

Twelve events are set to receive funding from the first round of Mount Alexander Shire Council’s new Events Grants Program.

Events running next year including the Maldon Twilight Dinner, Castlemaine and Maldon markets and Steampacket, will receive support from Council in recognition of the benefit they make to the community and local economy.

Mount Alexander Shire Council Mayor Bronwen Machin thanked all applicants and said there was overwhelming interest in the grants.

“We received more than 30 applications for funding so it was very competitive, as you would expect in a shire with so many wonderful events,” said Mayor Machin.

“We appreciate all the work of the passionate and dedicated event organisers who often volunteer their time for the benefit of our community,” she said.

“Council is proud to be supporting such a variety of events such as the Castlemaine Rotary Truck Show, Race the Train, Newstead Living Music Festival, Maldon Folk Festival, The Village Winter Festival, Castlemaine Show, Arts Open – Meet the Makers and Maldon Open Studios.

“Applicants requested more than $180,000 of support through the grants process. We recognise that with the round one budget of $30,000 we are not able to support every application,” she said.

“We have worked with many organisations to understand how Council can continue to support successful and highly valued events that occur across the shire.”

Council introduced the new events grants process to provide a more transparent and equitable way to support local events.

“In previous years we had supported events by covering the cost of traffic management and waste collection services,” said Natalie Parsons, Council’s Venues and Events Coordinator.

“Council has recognised that this is not always the best use of resources. In response, we have sought improvements to make sure best value whilst ensuring successful events across the shire,” said Ms Parsons.

The new program offers grants to be used towards marketing, entertainment, venue hire fees, permits, traffic management, waste collection and more.

“The successful applicants in this round have shown how their event promotes tourism to our shire, supports local businesses and economy or provides ways for the community to come together,” said Ms Parsons.

“We had some really strong applications and appreciate that we have so many exciting events in our shire,” she said.

“We’re also working with unsuccessful event organisers in this round by providing details of other grant opportunities and sharing feedback ways to strengthen future applications,” she said.

The next round of events grants will open in February 2020 with information sessions planned for January. To find out more about the grants programs visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Grants or call the Venues and Events team on 5471 1700.

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