$2.76 million grant injection into community projects

Thursday, 8 February 2024

Sports lighting for a BMX club, two community gardens, security fencing for a bowls club and a pavilion redevelopment are among 31 projects to receive grant funding from Council.

Following an independent panel assessment, $2,764,090 worth of Community Infrastructure and Geelong Heritage grants have been awarded as part of Council’s 2023-24 Community Grants program.

A total of 27 applications shared $2,674,090 in Community Infrastructure Grants. This program aims to assist with the renewal, upgrade or construction of new facilities to provide a better level of service, increased programs or improve how spaces function.

Nineteen Capital Works projects were funded, such as:

  • An upgrade of the Geelong Ballroom Dance Club’s Kendall room, including a kitchenette and purpose-built dance floor, meeting room, office area and ramps - $350,000.
  • Installation of LED flood lighting at Hurst Reserve, ensuring safe training sessions and games for the Geelong Gaels (Gaelic Football and Hurling Club) - $350,000.
  • Construction of a raised undercover deck at Lara Swimming Club with bifold doors and a ramp for disability access - $220,000.
  • Establishment of a Chilwell Community Garden, including water connection and fence, shed and verandah construction - $69,300.
  • Refurbishment of the Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway and new infrastructure for improved operation - $19,300.


Eight Community Infrastructure Planning projects were funded, including:

  • $50,000 for the Drysdale Football Club to investigate and plan for a future lighting infrastructure upgrade to replace lights installed in 1984, which don’t meet current industry standards.
  •  $40,200 for the Geelong Rangers Soccer Club to commence concept planning for a new club room facility at Myers Reserve.

The Geelong Heritage Grants aim to conserve heritage buildings by supporting their restoration and reconstruction. Four applications totalling $90,000 received grants:

  • $40,000 towards the slate roof replacement and exterior repair and painting for a Manifold Heights house.
  • $10,000 for a planning project for the restoration of Christ Church Anglican Parish Geelong on McKillop Street.
  • $30,000 to support the restoration of Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College’s Merrya Building on Fenwick Street, Geelong.
  • $10,000 towards the painted surface conservation and restoration of a Drumcondra residence.

Mayor Trent Sullivan

Council thanks the successful applicants for making a positive difference in our region by offering social connection and encouraging physical activity.

We are thrilled to be able to support these important community groups with more than $2.7 million to improve facilities, celebrate heritage and increase participation.

Together, we are creating a happier and more resilient region.

Chair of the High Performing Council portfolio, Councillor Bruce Harwood 

The 27 selected Community Infrastructure and four Geelong Heritage projects respond to a community need, and will improve the health, wellbeing and capacity of the community.

There was stiff competition with the City receiving 56 applications, requesting funding support of more than $7.5 million. 

The Community Infrastructure and Geelong Heritage grants were promoted in 12 different languages, an information session was held, City staff visited applicants and phone and email support was also provided.

For more information visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/grants

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