Community Grants 2019 program open now

Posted on 18 June 2018

Type: Public NoticeAnnouncement

 

The 2018 Community Grants Program offering opportunities for community groups and not-for-profit organisations to buy large items or equipment, upgrade or renovate facilities, run events or engage in their community. There are also grants available for individuals on rural land to apply for biodiversity funding.

Latrobe City Council’s mayor, Councillor Darrell White OAM, said that grants benefited the wider community in terms of provision of services, social connections and local pride.

“Grants of up to $5000 are available across three categories for group applications: minor capital works community development and community events and, for individuals we’re offering grants to encourage biodiversity works to be complete on private rural land (up to $1500 per property). The funding amounts for the community development and community events grants have increased from $2000 to $5000 in recognition of the scope and far-reaching benefits of the applications that have been previously submitted.
 
“There are many ways in which a grant can be used for the improvement of our community - perhaps upgrades to facilities eg. kitchens, verandahs or sporting venues (turf, cricket pitches, scoreboards) all-abilities access, air-conditioning/ heating, storage sheds and the like. There are events and community development programs that provide social opportunities for people. The grants are there for the whole of our municipality.

“Collaborative projects are encouraged. It’s a great way for a local community to join forces and share resources. For example, last year, we provided $2000 to Active Kids Churchill. The project was a joint effort between Churchill Soccer Club and other community and sporting clubs including the Churchill Scouts, with the aim of getting local children back into sports and recreation activities. The community grant funding allowed for the creation of a social media presence, information sessions and an expo where children could try out some of the sports and activities. It was a great success.

“Our commitment to the support of grassroots community activities is demonstrated in the breadth of applications we receive and approve. Each year we are amazed by the innovation and fresh thinking in how the community approaches their grant applications,” Cr White said.

Cr White added that attending an information session would be a great way of getting the application process started.
“If you can’t make it to one of the sessions you can book a one-to-one meeting with the Grants Officer to run through your application at a time that suits you.
“If you belong to a group or organisation within Latrobe City and you have a project that needs funding, this program could make all the difference for you and the wider community,” Cr White concluded.

The closing date for receiving applications is 4pm Friday 31 July.

Information Sessions
• 18 June Traralgon Service Centre, 5pm to 6pm
• 19 June Morwell HQ, 8am to 9am or Moe Service Centre, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
For more information, including support to complete the online application, phone the Grants Officer on 0428 661 071 or email grants@latrobe.vic.gov.au