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MEDIA RELEASE - Community Grants Program opens

5 June 2019

Community groups, individuals and not-for profit organisations in the Glenelg Shire are invited to make their project become a reality through council’s Community Grants Program.

Grant applications for round one of the 2019-2020 Community Grants Program officially open from 9am on 10 June 2019 and are open for a three week period, closing at 5pm on 1 July 2019.

The grant categories include recreation, public halls, community strengthening, community events and arts culture and heritage.

Previous grant recipient Kerry Picard-Arnott from Portland Community Mealshare said the funding the program received had been “invaluable” in helping those most in need.

“We were delighted to receive a Community Grant earlier this year, which largely covered the cost of a small commercial grade dishwasher for the weekly meal we provide,” she said.

“I'm sure you can imagine the difference a dishwasher makes when 40 or more mains and desserts are served each week to the community. We could not possibly have afforded this item without the grant, and it will continue to be of great benefit as Mealshare expands.”

Mrs Picard-Arnott urged fellow community organisations to apply for the funding program.

“I'd certainly encourage other small groups, who have a contribution to make to community, to apply for some assistance. It is such an easy process to apply online and if there was a query about anything, or advice sought, the designated contacts were wonderfully supportive throughout the entire process,” she said.

Applications for round one of the 2019-2020 Community Grants Program can be completed and submitted online at

Information kits are can also be downloaded from the Community Grants section of council’s website.

Potential applicants are reminded to refer to the Community Grants Guidelines 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.

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