Community groups and organisations across Greater Geelong will have a chance to apply for a share in more than $4.33 million in funding after the Council approved an expanded 2020-21 Community Grants program.
The decision to increase the overall funding pool comes after the Community Grants program was temporarily put on hold in April to review how it could best support the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of the review, councillors have agreed that all grants streams will be maintained at their existing funding levels, with two new streams added as part of the latest COVID-19 support package.
It means the total funding available through the 2020-2021 grants program is $400,000 higher than in 2019-2020 and $2.62 million above 2018-2019 levels, as the Council places continuing emphasis on directing funding towards community-driven projects.
Applications for the following grants will open on 17 July 2020:
- [New] COVID-19 Quick Response Community grants of up to $2000 (total pool $250,000)
- [New] Arts, Culture and Heritage Recovery, up to $5000 ($150,000)
- Community Infrastructure, up to $350,000 ($3 million)
- Central Geelong Heritage, up to $70,000 ($100,000)
- Community Events, up to $10,000 ($200,000)
- Community Projects and Equipment, up to $10,000 ($243,000)
- Arts Projects and Festivals, up to $10,000 ($220,000)
- Environmental Sustainability, up to $10,000 ($70,000).
Further details about the Community Grants program are available here. For help with your application, please call 03 5272 5272 and ask for the Grants team.
In line with a previous Council decision, funding for the Central Geelong Heritage grants will now be split with a new First Nations Heritage grants stream, with both streams allocated $100,000.
Guidelines for the new First Nations Heritage stream will be developed in consultation with Traditional Owners and released later in the year.
Mayor Stephanie Asher
The grants program offers funding for grassroots projects and events driven by the community. It is one of the most important investments the Council makes every year, and at a difficult time like this it will be particularly vital over the next 12 months.
We really hope the $4.33 million in funding will help generate economic activity and lift community spirits in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council has shown a continuing commitment to strengthening our Community Grants program, increasing the total funding available in consecutive years. We look forward to seeing this year’s funding making its way into the community and making a direct impact.
Councillor Anthony Aitken - Chair, Finance portfolio
In April, Council suspended the grants program because we recognised the need to target grants to assist the community’s recovery from COVID-19 going forward.
After a robust review, we’re proud to open an expanded grants program worth more than $4.33 million – which is a fantastic news story for the community. The program is the most accessible grants program in the City’s history.
For every $1 the Council invests in the community, there is a $9 return, which is why I can’t wait to see how the community will capitalise on this significant investment.