Financial boost to grant programs

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Community groups and organisations will be strongly supported through our expanded range of grant programs.

The Council has allocated more than $8.3 million to the Community Investment and Support Fund (CISF) in its Proposed Budget 2019-20.

If adopted in the Final Budget, it would raise the value of the unified fund by more than 30 per cent from 2018-19.

That would provide greater opportunity for groups and organisations to secure support for projects that benefit our local community.

The increased pool includes a larger Community Infrastructure Grants Fund, which has doubled in size to $2 million.

A further $1 million would also be available for groups on private land, where they can show it will be used by the broader community.

Applicants for both programs can receive up to $50,000 for planning and up to $350,000 to deliver capital works projects for community and sporting facilities.

The Central Geelong Heritage Fund would provide priority project grants of up to $70,000 to support the restoration of commercial heritage building facades in priority areas of the CBD.

There are also general project grants of up to $30,000 available for other heritage restoration projects within Central Geelong.

Scores of grants up to $6000 would be allocated under the Healthy and Connected Communities, Creative Communities and the Environment and Sustainability programs.

Applications will be received from Friday 7 June until Friday 2 August.

Public information sessions will be held to discuss the funding opportunities and to answer questions about individual projects on:

To register to attend an information session and for further information on the range of programs available, please visit grants and funding.

Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood

There are hundreds of great clubs and groups in our region who provide activities and social opportunities for their local community.

The Council is keen to see them thrive, which is why we’ve invested heavily in our expanded grants program.

This will support the valuable grassroots projects that will benefit countless clubs and their members.

Councillor Pat Murnane - Chair, Finance Portfolio

This section of the proposed budget is extremely important to councillors, as it gives the Council a chance to support the aspirations of community groups in a very practical manner.

We recognise that many of these groups are run by volunteers and our support is recognition of the major contribution that they are making to our community.

We encourage all clubs and groups thinking of applying for a grant to make the most of the upcoming information sessions.

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