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New look community grants program

Gardener working in the Newstead Community Garden.

Thursday 10 January 2019

Community groups and organisations planning events in 2019 will soon be able to apply for a funding grant under Mount Alexander Shire Council’s revamped community grants program.

The changes reflect feedback received from previous grant round applicants as well as a review of other local council grant programs.

“We are very excited about the new look program and believe that it provides more flexibility for our community to create and deliver some amazing projects” said Gaynor Atkin, Manager Community Partnerships, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

The main changes under the new program include:
• Introducing two annual funding rounds in January and July
• Simplifying the application form and guidelines
• Offering funding streams for small grants (up to $3,000) and partnership grants (up to $10,000) over three years for projects involving three or more groups.

“The introduction of two rounds per year will make it easier for local community groups to plan their projects,” said Ms Atkin.

“For example, groups planning projects for this year can apply in the January/February round and those planning events for next year can apply in July.”

“We also expect the new Partnerships Grants will encourage stronger collaboration between like-minded community groups with similar project ideas,” she said.

Expressions of interest for the 2019 Community Grants Program will open on Tuesday 29 January and close on Friday 18 February.

Information sessions will be held in late January and early February to give applicants an opportunity to speak to Council about their project idea.

Program guidelines and information session details will be available on Council’s website at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/CommunityGrants from Tuesday 29 January.

For more information contact the Community Partnerships Team on 5471 1700 or email grants@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Image: Newstead Community Garden received a Council community grant in 2018.

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