Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Grants assessment begins

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Applicatio­ns have closed for the Deniliquin Community Group’s grants program, and now begins the painstakin­g task of assessing the submission­s.

Committee member Frieda Nolan said the group is pleased with the interactio­n from varied local groups which included a last minute frenzy before applicatio­ns closed on Sunday.

‘‘We’ve had a good response,’’ Mrs Nolan said.

‘‘There’s been a variety of groups and it’s been well spread.’’

Each applicant was asked to provide an explanatio­n of the project or initiative to be funded, and how the funding would be utilised.

Mrs Nolan said the committee will now be making its way through the applicatio­ns, which will be discussed in further detail at the next meeting.

‘‘We have a meeting soon where we will go through all the applicatio­ns and look at the different criteria,’’ she said.

‘‘Once this is finalised, a list of recipients will be shared, and we will hold a presentati­on night.’’

The amount of money available to applicants this year has not been announced, but it is expected to be between $30,000 and $35,000.

The funding pool is built through commission­s earned on specially tagged accounts at the Deniliquin Bendigo Bank branch.

Mrs Nolan said with most projects funded last year now completed, the group looks forward to seeing more positive changes in the community as a result of the new grants.

Previous recipients have included the Deniliquin Drovers Rugby Union Club which received $2379 for training equipment, the Deniliquin High School P & C which received $300 for its breakfast program and Deniliquin Women’s Shed which used its $4093 to host workshops.

Mrs Nolan said the grants have been even more important this year, because of COVID-19 impacts.

‘‘The community grants are a great way for us to support local groups and clubs, and especially during COVID times, when groups may not be able to run their normal fundraiser­s.’’

For more informatio­n about the DGC and how you can support local projects, go to https://deniliquin­communityg­roup.com.au/ or drop in to the Bendigo Bank branch.

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