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MEDIA RELEASE - Inaugural festival a reality thanks to community grants program

16 January 2018

The first ever Sandford Bush Festival will headline March long weekend activities in the region for 2018 thanks to the Glenelg Shire Community Grants Program.

Sandford Bush Festival organiser Gary Williams said the funding he received through Round One of the 2017-2018 Community Grants Program helped make the event a reality.

“Thanks to the help of our sponsors and the Glenelg Shire Community Grants Program, the Sandford Bush Festival will take place in 2018, with tickets available now online and premier bush band The Bushwackers headlining the entertainment,” he said.

“The festival received a $5,000 grant through the Community Grants Program to help cover our logistical costs, such as insurance, security and accommodation for our performers. To put it simply, without the grant the festival could not have gone ahead this year.”

Mr Williams encouraged other community groups and individuals in the shire to apply for the next funding round, which will be open from 5 February.

“If you have an idea or project which will help your community grow and succeed, make sure you apply for the Community Grants Program,” he said.

“I hope that in the years to come we welcome thousands of eventgoers to the Sandford and Casterton region to enjoy the festivities of the Bush Festival and this will all be thanks to the support of the Community Grants Program.”

The Community Grants Program is designed to assist programs and projects within the region that are in the public interest, provide a clear community benefit and are environmentally friendly and sustainable.

The major categories are recreation, public halls, tourism, arts culture and heritage, community support and community plan support.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said that council prided itself on offering the initiative and had recently innovated the application process.

“This funding round, in an exciting first, we will go completely paperless and all applications will be required to be submitted online,” she said.

“The online system is easily accessible and provides a common-sense approach to the grants process.

“However for community members who do not consider themselves tech savvy, they can be assured that help is on hand to submit their application online.

“The Library2Go van and relevant council staff members will be available to provide assistance with grant applications throughout the month of February. Simply make an appointment by contacting the Glenelg Libraries on 5522 2265.”

Applications for Round Two of the 2017-2018 Community Grants Program close 5pm on Monday, 26 February 2018 and can be completed and submitted online at https://glenelg.smartygrants.com.au/RoundTwo2017-2018.

Information kits are can be downloaded from the Community Grants section of council’s website at www.glenelg.vic.gov.au/Community_Grants_.

Potential applicants are reminded to refer to the Community Grants Guidelines (Round 2) 2017-2018 to assess their eligibility to apply.


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