groups committed to supporting and improving Greater Geelong’s unique natural
environment will share in $43,530 in funding to get their projects off the
Council has awarded round two of the 2021-22
Environmental Sustainability Grants, ranging from $850 to $10,000, following
recommendations from an independent assessment panel.
The Geelong Ballroom Dance Club received a $10,000
grant to power the Hamlyn Heights hall with a 22kW solar system.
A $8,580 grant will allow the
Batesford, Stonehaven, Fyansford Landcare Group to continue weed control works
and revegetation of indigenous plants with community members at the Moorabool
The SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre in Drysdale plans
to use its $2,000 to build Bokashi gardens beds, which it will use to educate
and encourage community members to recycle their food waste, with Bokashi
buckets available for loan.
Other recipients include the Friends of Ramblers Road,
Geelong West Community Garden Group, Mark Jukic Ceres Community Association, Springdale
Community Garden and the Koala Clancy Foundation.
At the May council meeting, council approved the
updated 2022-23 Grant Guidelines, which include the introduction of the new Climate
Change Partnership Grants.
This stream will support projects that will help Greater
Geelong achieve net zero community emissions, while increasing resilience to
climate change impacts.
The 2022-23 Community Grants – such as Community
Infrastructure, Climate Change, First Nations Cultural Heritage, Community
Events, and Healthy & Connected Communities – will open on Saturday 4 June.
The grants team is available on 5272 5560 or email
Councillor Jim Mason, Chair of the Environment
I commend the community groups for their passion to
enhance our natural environment and drive the environmental sustainability
goals of both council and the community.
The initiatives council is funding will make a
tangible difference to our region and I thank the groups for their
contributions to Greater Geelong.
Councillor Anthony Aitken, Chair of the Finance
Council was proud to support grass-roots groups through the Community Grants program.
Community groups are volunteer-run on a shoestring
budget, which is why we hope these grants will relieve some financial pressure
to deliver some very important projects.
There is more than $9 million in community grants and
partnerships allocated in the Proposed 2022-23 Budget, as council sees immense
value in investing in our community and supporting community-led projects.