Bass Coast,
06
February
2015
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01:24
Australia/Melbourne

Get That Grant With Expert Advice

Grants are a vital way for community groups and organisations to receive much needed funds for projects and events.

Get that Grant is a free forum for community groups to get advice and tips from grant providers on how to secure funding. Grant seeking is a highly competitive undertaking and this forum is a great opportunity to get some tips from not only our local grant providers, but also from leaders in the industry.

Local grant providers that will be represented at the event include the Bass Coast Community Foundation, Bendigo Bank through the San Remo District, Cowes and Grantville and District Community Bank Branches and the Inverloch and District Community Bank, Bass Coast Shire Council and the Bass Coast Landcare Network.

Together these groups represent the forum organisers and members of the Bass Coast Grant Makers Group.

Collectively they distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant and foundation funding to the local community each year.

Alan Gostelow, Chair of the Inverloch and District Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank and a member of Bass Coast Grant Makers Group said Get that Grant is a free and essential forum for anyone seeking funds for a community project in the Bass Coast Region.

“The forum came about to strengthen community understanding about how local grant providers and other funding organisations distribute their funds,” Mr Gostelow said.

“Forum speakers will also explain what is generally essential in making a successful grant application.”

Also speaking at the forum will be representatives of some of Australia’s biggest and longest running grant making bodies, such as the Gardiner Foundation, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, R.E. Ross Trust, the Sidney Myer Fund and the Myer Foundation.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Kimberley Brown, who will present the opening address at the forum, commented “most community groups spend considerable time looking for funding to sustain their activities”.

“These activities are a vital part of many sectors of our community,” Cr Brown said.

“This forum is an opportunity for members of not-for-profit groups to gain clarity about the funding requirements of different providers.

“Attending will give grant seekers information to unlock financial support for their community projects.”

The forum will be held on Thursday, 26 February from 9.30am until 1.00pm at the Wonthaggi Town Hall.

The forum is free, however booking is essential by Friday, 20 February by contacting Kellie Nichols on k.nichols@basscoast.vic.gov.au or 0407 529 706. For any enquiries, please contact Kate Dwyer on 0418 592 305.

A light lunch will be provided.