Council awards $25,000 in grants for community and tourism initiatives

Published on 02 December 2019

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October was a big month for Council’s Grants and Contributions Program with nine different community groups and organisations considered for support from Murrindindi Shire Council. At its meeting on 27 November, Council reviewed the applications and awarded $25,000 worth of funding and fee reductions for events, projects and initiatives.

Mayor Leigh Dunscombe said the Alexandra and Eildon District Lapidary Club received $5000 to help them make repairs to their clubhouse so members can continue their craft of working minerals, stones and gemstones in safety.

“While the Alexandra Football Netball Club received a $1000 to support the inaugural ‘Having a Ball at the Acheron Hall’ event on 5 December. Concerts4Causes, a local collaborative event company, received $1800 to help deliver a special light show and Christmas concert as a fundraiser for Alexandra’s aged care facility, Kellock Lodge,” Cr Dunscombe said.

“And, with the local art show season almost upon us, Council also received a number of applications from Rotary Clubs around the Shire looking for support to deliver these fantastic events. The Rotary Club of Kinglake Ranges got a fee waiver for the hire of the Kinglake Community Centre and a $2500 grant for their Art Show in November. The Rotary Club of Yea also received $2500 for its show in January 2020 and have been invited to apply for a fee waiver of their hire of the Yea Shire Hall. While the Rotary Club of Alexandra’s Art Show, which is held over the Easter weekend each year, received $2500 too. All three Rotary Clubs were seeking Council support to improve the promotion of their events to attract more visitors.

“It has been really fantastic to see more schools getting involved in our Grants and Contributions Program this round. Alexandra Secondary College applied for and received a $600 sponsorship as a prize for their 2019 DUX Student award and Yea Primary School received a $1000 fee hire waiver to help them put on an environmental sustainability-themed school musical,” Cr Dunscombe said.

“And last but not least, Alexandra Events applied for $7430 to expand their Country Music and Pro Rodeo into a two-day event. For the past two years the Rodeo has attracted some 4000 visitors to Alexandra. Council voted to support the event with $2000 in sponsorship as well as providing a number of Council services, such as waste collection and public asset cleaning afterward.

“Council’s Grants and Contributions Program offers community groups, not-for-profit organisations and businesses the opportunity to seek funding to support a range of activities and initiatives that have a wider community benefit, Cr Dunscombe said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the impact these initiatives will have on broader community wellbeing, visitation to the area and economic development in Murrindindi Shire.

“If this Program is of interest to you, I’d encourage you to check out the eligibility criteria and assessment timeframes for the next round of Council’s Grant and Contributions Program, which you can do here,” Cr Dunscombe added.