Groups share $76k
INDIGO Shire Council will hand out $76,000 to local groups and event and festival organisers as part of its annual community grants.
Council last week announced the 41 successful recipients from across the shire that will benefit from grants ranging from $200 to $3000 for projects and events.
The grants include $50,000 as part of council’s Community Grants Program and $26,000 through their Festival and Events Grants Program.
Councilor Sophie Price said it was pleasing to see an increased take up of arts and culture grants (5) and three youth initiatives funded.
Indigo Shire mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor said the grants program supports the fantastic work of a variety of community groups and organisations across the shire.
“Some examples of successful community projects include training for junior fire brigade members in Chiltern, facility and equipment upgrades for a variety of sporting clubs, support for sustainability initiatives like Boomerang Bags and others,” Cr O’Connor said.
“Our festival and events program provides support for innovation and growth for existing events and encouraging and supporting new festivals and events in the Shire.
Events receiving funding this year span music, arts, food and wine, mountain biking and more.”
Festivals and events are key tourism drivers in Indigo Shire, with conservative economic modelling indicating they contribute turnover of approximately $17 million to the local economy each year.
In addition to grant funding, council also provides logistics support with road management and waste collection and other support.
“We wish all our grant recipients every success and we look forward to seeing the projects come to fruition,” Cr O’Connor said.
GRANT WIN: Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) curator Michael Moran with Sandy Thorn-Cole (middle) and exhibition organiser Kirrily Anderson at the Chiltern Art Prize earlier this year.