Free forum to Get Grant Ready

Knowing how to put together a successful grant application is the focus of the free Get Grant Ready Forum to be held on Thursday, 16 February in Wonthaggi.

The forum is presented by the Bass Coast Local Grant Makers Group, which raises awareness of funding opportunities and teaches effective grant writing for community groups.

Guest presenters are the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and the Australian Sports Foundation.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said at the Forum, funding organisations will explain their programs and the elements of successful funding applications.

“In the afternoon, attendees can either sign up to speak directly to the funders in five minute one-on-one conversations, or choose to attend an effective grant writing skills workshop,” Cr Rothfield said.

“We encourage those coming to have a grant application in mind they might want to discuss, as this is an ideal way to prepare for grant rounds that open and close for applications early each year.

“For instance, Round 2 of the Bass Coast Community Grants 2016/17 is currently open and closes on 3 March 2017, and the Phillip Island Community Benefit Fund closes on 1 March 2017.

“This will be a popular free forum, so I encourage those interested to book soon.”

The Bass Coast Local Grant Makers Group consists of; Bass Coast Community Foundation, Bass Coast Shire Council; Bendigo Community Bank, Cowes, San Remo & District and Grantville & District Community Bank®Branches; Inverloch & District Community Bank® Branch; Bass Coast Landcare Network; and Gippsport.

The Forum includes an opportunity to take a free workshop by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal on effective grant writing skills.

The workshop also includes information about the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants Program, which opens on 1 February 2017.

The Get Grant Ready Forum will be held at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, 96 Graham Street, Wonthaggi, on Thursday 16 February from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Bookings are essential by Friday, 10 February at www.trybooking.com/251833.

For any enquiries, please contact Kellie Nichols on 0407 529 706 or email kellie.nichols@basscoastlandcare.org.au. More information and the program details can be found at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/grantready.

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