Mayor Bruce Harwood with members of Conservation Volunteers Australia, who have been granted $2000 to buy a drone.
Mayor Bruce Harwood with members of Conservation Volunteers Australia, who have been granted $2000 to buy a drone.

Huge funding boost for community groups

Monday, 3 December 2018

Community groups and organisations across the region will share in almost $1.12 million in funding as part of the first round of the City of Greater Geelong’s 2018-19 Community Investment and Support Fund grants. 

Council has signed off on a total of 123 grants, as recommended by an independent assessment panel. They include funding for sporting clubs, environmental initiatives, arts and culture, festivals, heritage projects and other community groups.

Grants range in size from under $1000 to more than $200,000.

Almost $682,000 has been awarded for community facilities, including a lighting upgrade at Bell Park Sport and Recreation Club ($213,0000) and an indoor accessible toilet for the Geelong Pool Club, based at Beckley Park in Corio ($146,000).

Around $214,000 in grants will go towards creative projects and festivals, including the Bellarine Show ($5170), Anywhere Theatre Festival ($6000) and Geelong Youth Arts Prize ($4200).

Environment and sustainability grants have been awarded to 11 groups, including the Bellarine Catchment Network, Geelong Environment Council and Mount Duneed Pony Club.

The funding is the result of a competitive grants process, which was endorsed by council at its 26 June 2018 meeting.

The panel reached agreement on funding recommendations in line with the grants guidelines, ensuring they did not go over the total funds available.

Grants fall under five separate categories: Healthy & Connected Communities, Environment & Sustainability, Creative Communities Arts & Festival, Major Heritage, and the Community Facility Infrastructure Fund.

Many of those who missed out this time will have another chance, with applications to re-open for the Healthy & Connected Communities, Major Heritage and Community Facilities Infrastructure Funds on 7 December.

The second round of grants will award the remaining funding in the program’s $1.713 million budget. Applications for new projects are also welcome.

To receive funds, applicants must meet the established guidelines that govern the grant program.

View a full list of successful grant applicants.

Mayor Bruce Harwood:

There are so many clubs and groups doing amazing work for the benefit of our community, and it’s a very worthwhile investment of ratepayer funds to help those groups through this grants program.

Our 30-year ‘clever and creative’ vision aims for our community to be connected, sustainable, designed for people, prosperous, and creative. We also want to be a place that cares for its people.

Each grant awarded via the Community Investment and Support Fund helps us work towards those goals in some way, and whether large or small, every grant will make a difference for the group who receives it.

If you didn’t apply for the first round of grants or you missed out, there will be a second chance in three of the funding categories. I encourage all community groups with a project needing funding to see if they’re eligible and apply once applications open.





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