Co­mu­nity groups re­ceive $248,000 in fund­ing

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil awarded 53 com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment grants to non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tions, groups and as­so­ci­a­tions re­cently.

The grants will as­sist with projects, pro­grams, equip­ment and events that con­trib­ute to our com­mu­nity. The grants to­talled al­most $248,000. Deputy mayor Mikaela Power was pleased that coun­cil was once again able to sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity through the Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Grants pro­gram.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see a broad se­lec­tion of ap­pli­ca­tions put for­ward this year across all cat­e­gories, which shows the di­ver­sity and creativ­ity that ex­ists in our com­mu­nity,” she said.

“We have so many hard­work­ing and en­thu­si­as­tic lo­cal vol­un­teer groups who work to­gether on these projects and pro­grams, which pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties, en­ter­tain­ment and im­proved fa­cil­i­ties for the com­mu­nity.

“What is most ex­cit­ing for coun­cil to see is the full life cy­cle of these projects, from the fund­ing stage right through to de­liv­ery.”

This year 90 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived. Fol­low­ing a com­pre­hen­sive assess­ment of all ap­pli­ca­tions, Coun­cil en­dorsed 53 grants for el­i­gi­ble pro­grams and projects.

Suc­cess­ful projects were al­lo­cated fund­ing from four cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­ment, youth, com­mu­nity events and pro­grams, mi­nor cap­i­tal works and mi­nor equip­ment pur­chases.

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