Bass Coast,
15
June
2018
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02:28
Australia/Melbourne

Community Grants Round One 2018

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On Thursday, 14 June Bass Coast Shire Council awarded 50 Community Grants across a diverse range of community projects and activities to benefit the community.

The 50 successful applications will each receive a portion of the $123,000 on offer in this first round of Community Grant funding for 2018.

Funds were awarded to projects for sport and recreation, arts, cultural and heritage groups and youth activities.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, congratulated the successful applicants and acknowledged the effort taken to apply and commit to their projects.

“I appreciate the time and effort it takes to write a grant application, having done it a number of times myself,” Cr Rothfield said.

“I also appreciate that fundraising takes a great deal of volunteer time and commitment and I thank everyone for the enormous effort and time they give to their local community.”

Cr Rothfield also explained that Bass Coast is a community rich with volunteers. 23 per cent of Bass Coast residents identify with some form of volunteering, which exceeds the Victorian average of 19 per cent.

“These volunteers do a variety of activities, but they all have one thing in common – they give and give.”

The following projects, aimed at bringing the community together, provide an example of the diversity of projects funded:

- Play group at Powlett River Primary School ($1,500)

- Rock Away on Labour Day at the National Vietnam Veterans’ Museum ($700)

- Winter Sunshine Festival, supporting PTSD ($1,000)

In each round, one large grant of up to $10,000 is awarded. For this round, that grant was awarded to the Island Story Gatherers for their Literary Festival. This funding will go towards the cost of presenters, as well as advertising and marketing, ticketing, venue hire, sound system, lighting, website and photography.

Round two of Community Grants is now open and will close for assessment on Friday 3 August 2018. For more information, or to apply, visit: http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/Grants