Funding Boost for Community Projects

12 August 2019

The annual grants were awarded last week, with $47,000 in funding provided to support the delivery of a broad range of community projects from across the Shire.

Alpine Shire Council is working with local community groups and volunteers to support more than $120,000 worth of valuable community projects.

Director Assets Will Jeremy said the grants are a way for Council to recognise the excellent work that groups, organisations and volunteers do to support local communities.

“We’re proud to be able to offer financial support and help in the delivery of some fantastic projects,” he said.

“We were impressed by the range and scope of the applications we received.

“These grants will help fund projects for our youngest community members, promote physical activity, encourage artistic expression and learning, and help support the local environment.”

The Bright Community Bank Branch - Bendigo Bank has also joined forces with Council to fund a further $23,450 towards these community projects.

Mr Jeremy said Council is pleased to work with the Bright Community Bank this year to ensure more projects are supported.

“Bright Community Bank has a longstanding history of financially supporting community groups and projects,” he said.

“It’s fantastic to have them on board to support some wonderful initiatives, including Harrietville Bush Kinder’s ‘Indoors, Outdoors and Beyond’ project, a pitch mower upgrade for Ovens Valley United Cricket Club and an Event Waste Management Toolkit for Sustainable Upper Ovens.”

Council received 45 eligible applications, which were reviewed by an assessment panel made up of community and chamber of commerce representatives, Council Director and Councillors.

$5,000 of community grants funding will be allocated to each of the Mount Beauty, Myrtleford and Bright communities to support community-led Christmas decoration initiatives.

$500 will be allocated to support community groups wishing to apply for small grants to run Clean Up Australia Day events in January 2020.

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