Grants funding brings local projects to life

Monday, 3 June 2019

More than 40 local clubs, groups and organisations will share in $352,631 under round two of our Community Investment Support Fund grants for the 2018-2019 financial year.

Council has endorsed the recommendations made by an independent assessment panel for three grants categories, which all had funds remaining after the first round of grants were announced in November 2018.

Seven clubs have received funding under the Community Facilities Infrastructure Fund, including the MG Car Club Geelong, which will get $46,899 to construct a vehicle workshop.

The North Geelong Football Netball Club has been awarded $38,000 to buy an electronic scoreboard, while the Lions Club of Corio Norlane will receive $10,000 for a storage shed to support its bike donation program.

The owners of the Old Geelong Gaol have been granted $41,500 under the Major Heritage Fund towards a restoration and renovation of the building’s historic roof turret.

And more than 30 clubs and groups have received between $600 and $6000 for projects or equipment as part of the Healthy and Connected Communities Fund.

Among them, the Geelong Nepalese Association, whose $5,985 grant will go towards playful learning activities and healthy cooking classes. Corio Northern Suburbs Soccer Club will use its $2000 grant to buy an ice bath to aid its players’ recovery from matches.

Applications for 2019-2020 Community Investment Support Fund grants open on 7 June.

Under the proposed budget for the next financial year, the grants program has been significantly expanded to make more than $8.3 million available.

This includes $3 million for community infrastructure, with clubs on private land eligible to apply for the first time.

A full list of 2018-2019 round two recipients is now available online, along with dates and venues for upcoming information sessions for the 2019-2020 program.

Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor

It’s great to see these community clubs receive allocated requested funding via the grants program. They all make a huge contribution to our community.

We hope the grants awarded, whether large or small, will have a positive impact and make things that little bit easier for the hard-working volunteers who do so much to keep their clubs running.

Our 2019-2020 grants program opens very soon and we encourage any club or organisation in need of funding for a specific project to put in an application. Support is available if you need help applying.

Councillor Pat Murnane - Chair, Finance portfolio

Congratulations to all 2018-2019 grant recipients.

Councillors regard the community grants program as an extremely important part of our yearly budget, which is why we’ve proposed to expand it significantly to a total of more than $8.3 million in 2019-2020. It’s an opportunity for us to help clubs, groups and organisations in a practical way.

Applications for the 2019-2020 program open on 7 June.

Taking into account public money through council’s grants program and the grants offered by community-based charities Give Where You Live, Geelong Community Foundation and Geelong Connected Communities, collectively there will be more than $11.5 million available over the next year. This amount will make a great impact on our community.

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