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MEDIA RELEASE - Almost $81K delivered in council community grants

24 July 2019

Local events, not-for-profit organisations and community programs have shared in almost $81,000 funding as part of Glenelg Shire’s latest round of Community Grants.

Council last night endorsed 37 beneficiaries to the popular biannual funding program, including the Merino Digby Lions Club to assisting with the refurbish of its clubroom kitchen, plus support to the Casterton Golf Club to host the Victorian Veterans State Championships in October.

The Stumpy Gully Bush Band received support for its March long weekend Sandford Bush Festival whilst Nelson’s tourism association will use funding to host November’s 2019 NS Rods Sunline Vic Break Classic grand final.

The extensive list of successful grant recipients, which also include the Portland Golf Club and Heywood Pony Club, will learn the extent of their funding allocation at a community celebration later this month on Tuesday 30 July at the Heywood Council Office.

As part of the funding bonanza, Council also committed at the monthly meeting to ongoing triennial funding to the shire’s iconic events including the Upwelling Festival, Heywood Wood Wine and Roses Festival featuring the Truck and Ute Show, and Casterton Kelpie Muster.

This funding allocation, which will be reviewed annually, is aimed to assist the events with support and sustained growth.
Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council was proud to provide ongoing support to the shire’s not-for-profit organisations and hardworking volunteers.

“These funding programs are the difference for many community groups in realising their event or project aspirations. Whilst their fundraising efforts are ongoing, these funds provide security to turn plans into a reality,” Cr Rank said.

“It is pleasing to see that a total of 50 community grant applications were received requesting overall funding of more than $112,000 for projects valued at more than $344,000. Our advisory committee did their best to ensure as many groups as possible could be supported in this latest funding round.

“These grants go a long way in promoting positive social outcomes for our community, whether it be in hosting an event, investing in an asset or delivering an important program.”

Council allocates $162,000 each financial year to the Community Grants funding program, with the second round due to be launched in early 2020.

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