Community grants deliver
Published on 07 September 2022
Local community groups last night revelled in a much-anticipated boost to community halls and events, sporting equipment, health and safety tools and training opportunities through the latest round of Council’s Community Grants program.
34 shire-wide community not-for-profit groups and organisations shared in the latest funding round, valued at more than $77,000.
Among the beneficiaries were the Casterton Bowling Club Inc. who received $5,000 for flood mitigation and renewal of equipment, Strathdownie Memorial Hall and Recreation Reserve which received $4,354 for an unsafe electrical compliance upgrade project, and Sandford Bush Music Festival and Tyrendarra Show Committees who each received $5,000 towards their respective community events.
The Lions Club of Portland received over $1,000 for the acquisition of a Portable Automatic External Defibrillator, Friends of the Great South West Walk received $5,000 for a Track Dumper, and Southern 500 Speedway $3,410 for updated radio communications, while Portland Netball Club received $1,000 for coaching and umpiring development.
Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said these projects are all vital to community building and strengthening and Council is proud to provide this twice-yearly avenue of support to local not-for-profit organisations and volunteers.
“From a dog obedience club and sport and game fishing organisations through to public hall committees, service clubs and event organisers, the range of community organisations successful in this latest grant round is testament to the incredible community spirit and drive that sets our Shire apart,” she said.
“The funded projects are spread right throughout the region and represent the diverse needs and interests of our residents. These grants play a small part in recognising the invaluable contribution of the volunteers and not-forprofit organisations who drive these interests and add so much value to our communities.
“Importantly all money delivered through our grants program will be injected straight back into the local economy, supporting not just our community groups, but local businesses and tradespeople.
“I congratulate all of our recipients and I look forward to seeing the impact these grants have upon the many different sectors of our community.”