Coun­cil fund­ing now available

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Round two of Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil’s 2017/18 grants pro­grams opened this week and the com­mu­nity is en­cour­aged to take a look at the range on of­fer and make an ap­pli­ca­tion.

The Our Sport­ing Fu­ture, Com­mu­nity Arts Grants, Mi­nor and Ma­jor Event Grants, Com­mu­nity Match­ing Grants, Com­mu­nity Sus­tain­abil­ity Grants, Greater Shep­par­ton Greater Health Grants, are all open for ap­pli­ca­tion un­til 5 pm, Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 5.

Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil act­ing di­rec­tor sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment Colin Kalms said the grants were a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to get fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for projects or ac­tiv­i­ties that need fund­ing.

‘‘Coun­cil pro­vides as­sis­tance to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions for worth­while projects that meet the cri­te­ria,’’ Mr Kalms said.

‘‘There are lots of small groups in our mu­nic­i­pal­ity that could do with a help­ing hand and we are keen to pro­vide funds to see some of these projects get off the ground.’’

The Com­mu­nity Sus­tain­abil­ity Grants will sup­port the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects and events, which will go to achiev­ing sus­tain­abil­ity and waste-re­duc­tion re­lated ac­tions within the En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity Strat­egy.

Grants are available up to $2000 per project. Fund­ing is available for a wide range of projects in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ment of ed­uca- tion pro­grams, waste-re­duc­tion projects, com­mu­nity gar­dens, field days, work­shops, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, al­ter­na­tive en­ergy, wa­ter ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­able build­ing de­sign.

Com­mu­nity Arts Grants of up to $2500 will sup­port the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of com­mu­nity arts ac­tiv­i­ties and projects as part of coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to par­tic­i­pa­tion in the arts.

The Com­mu­nity Match­ing Grants of­fer grants up to $2500 to sup­port one-off projects that build or strengthen Greater Shep­par­ton com­mu­ni­ties and ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

The Mi­nor and Ma­jor Events Grants of­fer fund­ing for small events ($500 to $2000) and ma­jor events ($2000 to $5000).

These grants are for projects that aim to in­crease visi­ta­tion and event tourism to the Greater Shep­par­ton area and to max­imise the eco­nomic ben­e­fits to com­mu­nity from sched­uled fes­ti­vals, cul­tural events, busi­ness events, ma­jor events and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Our Sport­ing Fu­ture Pro­gram as­sists com­mu­nity sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of small-to-medium-sized fa­cil­ity de­vel­op­ment projects and de­vel­op­ment pro­grams for new and emerg­ing sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions across the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The Our Sport­ing Fu­ture pro­gram of­fers three com­po­nents Mi­nor (up to $15 000 with a $1 for $1 con­tri­bu­tion), Ma­jor (up to $30 000 with a $1 for $1 con­tri­bu­tion) and Sports Aid (up to $5000).

New in this round is the Sports Aid cat­e­gory, which can now sup­port clubs with plan­ning projects.

The Greater Shep­par­ton Greater Health Grant en­cour­ages the lo­cal com­mu­nity to ex­plore dif­fer­ent ap­proaches and ini­tia­tives that will im­prove com­mu­nity health and well­be­ing through health pro­mo­tion or preven­tion mod­els.

Grants are available up to $500 per project. http://greater­shep­par­ com­mu­nity/grants-and-fund­ing

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