The Cobram Courier

Community strengthen­ing grants open

- By Isabelle Harris

Applicatio­ns for Moira Shire Council’s community strengthen­ing grants worth $10,000 are now open, aimed at supporting community enriching projects.

However, if a project is on council land or at a facility owned by the council, a community project proposal form from the shire needs to be completed first.

Mayor Libro Mustica said the requiremen­t was a small change and encouraged applicants to read the grant guidelines before applying.

“Read the community strengthen­ing grants guidelines which include informatio­n on eligibilit­y, exclusions and terms and conditions prior to applying,” he said.

The grant program is designed to fund arts and culture events or exhibition­s, community events, health promotion and environmen­tal sustainabi­lity.

“(They) help facilitate projects which enrich the whole community and can assist in the developmen­t of service, management of facilities, the coordinati­on of events and promotion of health or environmen­tal sustainabi­lity in the community,” Cr Mustica said.

He said arts and culture events could include hosting events or exhibition­s, or workshops to develop community art projects. Health promotion projects could include projects supporting active and healthy lifestyles or community education about drugs, alcohol or mental health.

Grants for sustainabi­lity projects can cover water saving facilities and energy or emissions savings like efficient fixtures or appliances, solar systems and efficient heating, cooling and lighting. ▯ Applicants can apply online until March 24. For more informatio­n, visit the council website or call 5871 9222.

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