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MEDIA RELEASE - Make your project a reality with a community grant

18 June 2018

Community groups, individuals and not-for profit organisations in the Glenelg Shire are invited to make their project become a reality, with applications for round one of council’s 2018-2019 Community Grants Program opening later this month.

Grant applications will officially open from 9am on 25 June 2018 and will be open for a three week period, closing on at 5pm on 16 July 2018. The major grant categories include recreation, public halls, tourism, arts culture and heritage, community support and community plan support.

Casterton Croquet Club secretary Ellie Norris encouraged fellow community groups to submit an application, citing the community grants program as ‘invaluable’.

“We’ve had an ongoing image problem here at the Croquet Club with many community members assuming we are part of the Bowling Club due to our close proximity to the bowling greens and the lack of off-street and welcome signage. It’s been a real issue to try and attract new members when most people don’t realise where we are located,” she said.

“That has changed however, thanks to the Community Grants Program. When the previous community grants funding round opened earlier this year, the club seized the opportunity to submit application for new signage at our club facilities in Island Park.

“We were absolutely thrilled when we were notified that we had been successful and within a matter of weeks the colourful off street and welcoming signage had been installed.

“We have already noticed our club’s presence increasing within Casterton - people no longer assume we are part of the Bowling Club. It’s a particularly exciting time for the Croquet Club, the future is bright.”

Applications for round one of the 2018-2019 Community Grants Program can be completed and submitted online at https://glenelg.smartygrants.com.au/.

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 (Round 1) 2018-2019 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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