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Council awards community grants

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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council is pleased to announce more than 30 local community groups will share more than $100,000 in grants to deliver community projects, events and initiatives throughout the shire.

“We have some fantastic projects to look forward to throughout the year including Waste Wise Workshops by The Hub Foundation, a Volunteer Leadership Development program for Mount Alexander Animal Welfare Inc. and a pilot program called Talking with our Elders run by Nalderun,” Lisa Knight, Director Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Some of the other projects will include a community outreach project at Newstead Arts Hub, new equipment for the No Lights No Lycra Castlemaine dance event, development of an interactive website for the Climate Flags project, videos by Fryerstown Rural Fire Brigade and a Respect Ambassador Program to address family violence.

This year Council announced changes to its Community Grants Program which now includes two rounds per year and two streams of grants – Small grants (up to $3,000) and Partnership Grants (up to $10,000), along with a simpler application and acquittal process.

An example of one of the four new partnership grants is The Magpies Nest: Building An Ecosystem of Support. The partnership is between Castlemaine District Community Health, Central Victorian Primary Care Partnerships, Sports Focus and the Castlemaine Football Netball Club. It aims to assist the club to continue to build a culture which is safe, healthy and welcoming to support the mental health and wellbeing of its community.

“We received more than 50 applications in this round, which went through our rigorous assessment process to determine which are funded,” said Ms Knight.

“Many projects over the next six to twelve months will focus on education, awareness and organisational sustainability. Re-use and recycle projects were just some of the new emerging themes.

“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,” she said.

A list of funded projects will be available on the Community Grants section of Council’s website by the end of May. All applicants will soon be notified regarding the outcome of their submission by email.

The next round of Community Grants opens in July. For more information about community grants contact Sharna Cropley, Youth and Community Development Coordinator, on 5471 1700 or grants@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

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