ROUND one of council’s 2017-18 community grants program is now open, with $109,000 in funds available to help local community groups, organisations and clubs to deliver a range of community projects.
Mayor Adrian Weston encouraged not-for-profit entities of all sizes and interests to consider applying for a grant.
‘‘Council’s community grants program supports local groups to deliver projects and run events which contribute to the health and wellbeing of all residents through a more vibrant and connected community,’’ Cr Weston said.
‘‘Whether your local group creates opportunities for learning, conserves the natural environment, improves access to recreational, cultural and artistic pursuits, or works to protect our local heritage, community grants ensure a broad range of interests are represented,’’ he said.
Council improved the grants application process and simplified the guidelines in 2016 to make it easier for community groups to apply.
‘‘We want to encourage as many community groups as possible to apply for a grant so we’ve made the application form user-friendly, with help notes for each section and more concise guidelines. The two grant categories of events and community support also makes is simpler for groups to know which category to apply for.’’
Round one of the community grants program is open until 5pm, April 13.
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their project with the relevant council officer prior to submitting their application to ensure it complies with the guidelines and that the project timing is in keeping with the grants program funding schedule.
Get application forms and guidelines at campaspe.vic.gov.au or in hard copy from council customer service centres.