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Community event to celebrate the Eltham Copper Butterfly

Thursday 9 July 2020

If you have a great idea for a community project, or have had to put an initiative on hold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, be sure to apply for a Mount Alexander Shire Council Community Grant.

The grant program provides financial assistance to new and emerging local community-based projects and initiatives that align with Council’s goals and priorities. Funding from this round is also available for programs and projects impacted by COVID-19, including operational costs to adapt and/or restart existing initiatives.

“Usually operational costs associated with everyday business are not funded through this program, but we understand the hardship that many groups and individuals face at the moment in carrying out their work,” said Sharna Cropley, Inclusive Communities Coordinator, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“There are so many important projects underway in our community and we encourage groups to apply for a grant if they need help to recover or adapt for these projects to continue,” said Ms Cropley.

“The grants program will help groups to continue to deliver projects that offer connectedness, growth and support to our community,” she said.

The application process for this round of Community Grants will also see the introduction of questions relating to gender and climate change, with applicants asked to consider the needs, impacts and outcomes of their work on people of different genders and the environment.

These additional considerations reflect the recent passing of the Victorian Gender Equality Act 2020 and Council’s Climate Change Declaration last year.

Two funding rounds are available. These are for small grants up to $3,000 and partnership grants up to $10,000.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the usual information sessions will not be held for this round, however Council officers will be available by phone or email to answer grant related queries and to discuss project ideas.

Applications for Community Grants will open on Monday 20 July and close at 4.00pm on Monday 10 August. For more information about Council grants and how to apply visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Grants or call the Community Partnerships Team on 5471 1700.

Image: Council awarded a community grant to the Eltham Copper Butterfly Project, which was a partnership between Castlemaine Landcare Group, Castlemaine Primary School and Castlemaine North Primary School. Image by Diana Domonkos.

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