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Council awards community grants

Castlemaine Jazz Festival performers

Council has announced its community grants program, with funding for a range of exciting local activities and projects.

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council last night proudly announced the 61 local community groups that will share more than $140,000 in grants to deliver events and initiatives throughout the shire.

“Community grants are a great way for us to support local organisations and volunteers, and to help deliver exciting projects and activities in partnerships with the community,” said Lisa Knight, Director Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We have some fantastic projects to look forward to throughout the year, including the tenth anniversary of the Castlemaine Peace Choir, the 2018 Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge, strategic planning for a Harcourt Community House, and a conference exploring the role of fire in landscape management,” said Ms Knight.

Other projects include events during Mental Health Week, the Glittering Goldfields Winter Ball to celebrate our LGBTIQ community, a youth engagement program for the Castlemaine Jazz festival, a bicycle safety and maintenance program, and numerous cultural and artists projects linking in with the Regional Centre for Culture.

“We’ll also support our hard-working Landcare groups in their projects to eradicate weeds and improve our local forest and reserves,” said Ms Knight.

“It’s always a difficult decision to allocate the grants, as we had more than 90 applications this year,” she said.

Many projects over the next twelve months will focus on mental health, engagement with our young people and celebration of our Indigenous community.

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.

Image: The Castlemaine Jazz Festival will receive a grant for its youth engagement program (image: Robbie Noakes).

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