Local groups benefit from community grants

TWENTY community groups will benefit from the Alpine Shire Council Community Grants Program.

After careful consideration of 32 applications by a committee of community representatives, a large variety of grants were awarded.

The committee were looking for applications that displayed a high level of community benefit and responded to the environmental, economic, social, recreational and wellbeing of communities.

Alpine Shire Council Manager of Community Alison Banks said the annual grants helped fund projects that benefited the health and wellbeing of the community and supports them in their activities.

The successful applicants include groups from across the Alpine Shire for projects ranging from community events, capital improvements and resources for groups.

All applicants will be contacted in writing.

“We had a total of 32 applications and we’ve ended up with a good geographical spread which will help deliver $286,577 of community projects,” she said.

“To support community groups making applications in the future, Alpine Shire Council will be conducting a series of grant application workshops early in 2012.

“These workshops will encourage local groups and clubs to develop long term strategic plans that will support their applications and to inform them of other funding opportunities.

“These workshops will be spread across the shire and will be well advertised.”

The successful applicants are:

• Myrtleford Men’s Shed - $2052 for metal tools.
• Bright Vehicle Preservation Society - $1500 for storage facilities.
• Bright Bowls Club - $8117 for their light tower project.
• Rotary Club of Bright - $1650 for Christmas Carols and soundshell entertainment.
• Dederang Recreation Reserve and partners - $5840 for community maintenance.
• Freeburg Recreational Reserve and Public Hall Reserve Committee - $7000 for parquetry floor.
• Mount Beauty Music Festival - $500 for the establishment of a community choir.
• Mount Beauty Music Festival - $1345 for ITZ4KIDZ project.
• Kiewa Valley Historical Society - $5514 for its shed to office project.
• Mount Beauty Skate park - $4450 for skate park extension.
• Mount Beauty Playscape Working Party - $2274 for twilight festival.
• Mount Beauty Playscape Working Party - $4915 for an interactive sensory garden.
• Myrtleford and District Historical Society - $1668 for a glass display cabinet.
• Rideability Australia - $5869 for horse welfare and security.
• Myrtleford Senior Citizens Centre CoM - $6000 for centre facelift.
• Lions Club of Myrtleford - $3438 for upgrade of services and community sign.
• Myrtleford RSL sub-branch - $3000 for AD Lowerson VC Memorial Square War Memorial restoration.
• The Myrtleford Festival Art Exhibition sub-committee - $2725 for Myrtleford Festival Art Exhibition.
• The Alpine Residential Aged Care Advocacy Service - $1400 for volunteer communications plan.
• Bright Alpine Actors - $1664 for roaming performance production equipment.

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