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MEDIA RELEASE - Community Grants Program now open

17 July 2017

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Imagine what your community group or not-for-profit organisation could achieve with the help of a community grant.

Applications for round one of council’s 2017-2018 Community Grants Program are officially open to individuals and groups in the Glenelg Shire.

The program is designed to assist programs and projects within the region that help provide a clear community benefit and are environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Bridgewater Lakes Aquatic Club member Matt Nash said funds received through the Community Grants Program had helped to bring a new era to the club.

“We received a community grant in the previous funding round to completely revamp our club’s kitchen facilities, which were in urgent need of a makeover” he said.

“Thanks to the grant, our members are able to enjoy modern kitchen facilities before or after they take to the lakes and it has made the clubhouse a much more inviting place to meet and relax.

“The best outcome of all is just how much the upgrade has helped our club to thrive. We have seen a huge increase in the amount of members joining in the last six to 12 months; our membership list is the longest is has been for quite some time.

“I highly encourage all eligible groups to put in and apply for a grant, the opportunities and benefits are endless.”

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Anita Rank said council prided itself on offering the grants program and were hopeful of many community organisations across the shire submitting applications.

“As a council we are very proud of the program and the way in which it encourages and supports the broad range of events and programs that we have on offer in the region,” Cr Rank said.

“In the previous funding round we approved grants for more than 40 community groups and non-for-profit organisations. I look forward to helping approve even more grants this next funding round.”

Applications for the 2017-2018 Community Grants Program close 5pm on 7 August and can be completed and submitted online at https://glenelg.smartygrants.com.au/
The major grant categories include recreation, public halls, tourism, arts culture and heritage, community support and community plan support.

Potential applicants are reminded to refer to the Community Grants Guidelines (Round 1) 2017-2018 to assess their eligibility to apply. All organisations and groups are strongly encouraged to discuss their projects with the relevant council officer prior to submitting their application.

For more information on round one of the 2017-2018 Community Grants program contact Sharon Bridgewater, Community Liaison Officer on 5522 2172 or email sbridgewater@glenelg.vic.gov.au.


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