Money for com­mu­nity

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Four Ararat dis­trict com­mu­nity groups will share in nearly $30,000 af­ter Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil an­nounced its lat­est round of com­mu­nity grants.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Har­ri­son said it was a tough de­ci­sion for the ap­pli­ca­tion as­sess­ment panel af­ter it re­ceived 15 ap­pli­ca­tions for projects to­talling more than $84,000.

“All the ap­pli­ca­tions were wor­thy com­mu­nity projects and it’s a shame we can’t fund them all,” he said.

“The four suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions will bring a lot of ben­e­fits to the com­mu­ni­ties in which they are lo­cated, and we know the groups who ap­plied will be pleased to be able to com­plete their projects.”

Dr Har­ri­son said ap­pli­cants were – • Wick­liffe Lake Bo­lac Foot­ball Club – $10,718 for a kitchen up­grade. • Lake Bo­lac Me­mo­rial Hall – $2517 for new chairs. • Ararat and Stawell Dis­trict Field and Game – $6342 for a trap pur­chase. • Streatham Minin­era West­mere Rovers Netball Ten­nis Club – $10,372 for fence up­grades.

The coun­cil com­mu­nity grants pro­gram has three rounds a year with a to­tal bud­get of $90,000.

Two fund­ing streams are avail­able – grants for small com­mu­nity projects up to $1000 that have un­matched fund­ing, and in­fra­struc­ture grants for projects up to $20,000 with match­ing fund­ing re­quired.

Dr Har­ri­son said the pro­gram aimed to fund projects and ac­tiv­i­ties that built com­mu­ni­ties, main­tained com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture and en­cour­aged com­mu­nity groups to work to­gether. suc­cess­ful grant

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