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Council awards community grants

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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council is pleased to announce that 17 local community groups will share in $50,000 in grants to deliver community projects and initiatives throughout the shire.

Council’s Director Corporate and Community Services Lisa Knight said there are some fantastic projects to look forward.

“We’re very proud to be funding a diverse range of projects this round including a citizen science program run by Harcourt Valley Landcare, a mental health awareness project with Humans of Castlemaine and an edible bush tucker project at Castlemaine Kindergarten,” said Ms Knight.

Other projects include a promotional project for the Positive Ageing Advocacy Group, new equipment to assist Newstead and District Historical Society to digitise their archives, development of an interactive website for the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group and an inclusivity project at Castlemaine Art Museum.

“We received 30 applications in this round, so it was very competitive,” said Ms Knight.

“With such incredible projects it was difficult to make the final decision. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply.

“I encourage all groups who missed out this time to apply for the next round of funding, which opens in January.

“These grants allow us to help volunteers and groups deliver innovative projects for the benefit the community. We’re excited to see how they progress.”

Many projects over the next six to twelve months will focus on sustainability, safety and preserving our history.

A list of funded projects is available on the Community Grants section of Council’s website www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/CommunityGrants. Council has emailed all applicants regarding their submission.

The next round of Community Grants opens in late January 2020. For more information contact the Community Partnerships team on 5471 1700 or grants@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

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