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IF YOU are a lo­cal com­mu­nity group, club or or­gan­i­sa­tion in Cam­paspe Shire, now is the time to ap­ply for a com­mu­nity grant to bring that pro­ject to fruition.

A to­tal of $142,000 is avail­able to not-for-profit en­ti­ties in round two of coun­cil’s 2016-17 com­mu­nity grants pro­gram.

Mayor Leigh Wil­son urged all com­mu­nity groups to ap­ply for a grant re­gard­less of their size.

‘‘The pur­pose of the com­mu­nity grants pro­gram is to sup­port the im­por­tant work of not-for-profit groups in our com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

‘‘Whether small or large, all com­mu­nity groups make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the shire of Cam­paspe, both on an in­di­vid­ual level and on a broader scale.

‘‘We en­cour­age you to act early to give your­self the best chance of be­ing suc­cess­ful in gain­ing a grant. Speak with staff to make sure that you tick all of the cri­te­ria boxes and your ap­pli­ca­tion meets all the rel­e­vant guide­lines.

‘‘Then lodge your ap­pli­ca­tion in ad­vance of the of­fi­cial clos­ing date so you are not rush­ing at the end and po­ten­tially com­pro­mis­ing your ap­pli­ca­tion by leav­ing out im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion that may be re­quired.’’

Com­mu­nity groups will now find it eas­ier to ap­ply for a com­mu­nity grant with a num­ber of re­cent im­prove­ments to the pro­gram.

‘‘The ap­pli­ca­tion form is more log­i­cal in its struc­ture, help notes are in­cluded in each sec­tion and the guide­lines are now more con­cise,’’ Cr Wil­son said.

‘‘We’ve also stream­lined the grant cat­e­gories from five to two, be­ing events and com­mu­nity sup­port. This will as­sist in as­sess­ing the di­verse range of ap­pli­ca­tions coun­cil re­ceives in terms of staff re­sourc­ing and time­frames.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open un­til Septem­ber 9.

Forms and guide­lines can be down­loaded from­ and are avail­able in hard copy from the shire’s ser­vice cen­tres.

Ap­pli­ca­tions rec­om­mended for ap­proval will be con­sid­ered at the Novem­ber coun­cil meet­ing.

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