handed out more than $3.2 million in grants to community clubs and groups
across the region, funding pavilion upgrades, new floodlights, kitchen and
bathroom renovations, improved cricket facilities, community events and much more.
A total of 30 clubs and groups have shared in just over $3.12 million for
infrastructure projects, including six grants of the maximum $350,000.
North Shore Football Netball Club, Lara Football Club, Lara United FC (soccer)
and North Geelong Warriors FC (soccer) have all received the maximum grant for
new floodlights around their playing fields.
St Mary’s Football Netball Club has been awarded $350,000 towards its pavilion
redevelopment, and Anam Cara House Geelong has received the same contribution
towards its planned palliative care community hub.
large grants have gone to the Highton Girl Guides ($260,000 for a new
accessible toilet and open plan kitchen) and Bell Park Cricket Club ($158,800
for upgraded training facilities).
The list also sees $76,000 being sent to the Geelong Canoe Club for a new all
abilities accessible canoe platform, $77,843 to the Serbian Parish Youth Club
for accessible toilets and baby change facilities, and $66,000 to the Indented
Head Community Association for a multi-purpose tennis and basketball facility.
View the full list of infrastructure grants.
In addition, the council has awarded $84,900 in grants to 17 successful
applicants under its brand new Community Events Fund.
Events receiving support include the Lara Food and Wine Festival ($10,000 a
year for three years), the Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival ($10,000), All
Ford Day ($7800 a year for three years) and the Barwon Heads Triathlon ($3000).
View the full list of Community Events Fund grants.
This latest round of funding follows the council’s announcement earlier this
month of just under $500,000 in grants for
arts projects and festivals, equipment purchases, environmental initiatives and
other community projects.
Applications will open on 1 February 2020 to
award the remaining $80,000 available in the Community Events Fund.
Mayor Stephanie Asher:
It’s a great pleasure to award more than $3.2 million in grants to
so many worthy infrastructure projects and community events that we know will
make a huge positive impact in our region.
Councillor Anthony Aitken, Chair, Finance portfolio:
We’re so happy that we can support the volunteers from these clubs and groups
who put in an amazing amount of hard work for the good of others.
Helping community clubs and groups to maintain high standard facilities is one
of the most important roles of the council. These places are where people make
some of their strongest friendships and enjoy their favourite pastimes, so it’s
vital they’re equipped to welcome new participants.
Equally, community events bring people together and allow us to celebrate our
shared interests or experience something new. Encouraging these events is
another way the council can make a genuine difference, which is why we set up
the new Community Events Fund.
council worked hard to increase grants funding by around 30 per cent in this
year’s budget, including the introduction of the Community Events Fund and a
large rise in the allocation for infrastructure projects. We’re now seeing the
benefits of that decision, with a wonderful range of infrastructure projects
and community events funded.
to all grant recipients and we look forward to the benefits your capital
projects and community events will bring to your local communities and our
region as they come to life and become part of a clever and creative Geelong.