Bass Coast,

Revamped grants program opens this month

The new-look Bass Coast Shire Community Grants Program opens for applications on 29 January 2016.

In response to feedback, Council has reformatted this program to provide local community groups and organisations with more time and opportunity to apply for funding, as well as to apply for larger grants. Applications are now open year round for all grant categories and assessed twice a year in March and August.

Council has expanded its Events category to include Festivals and Celebrations and increased its allocation to $5,000. Similarly, the Minor Capital Works and General Community Grants category have increased to $5,000 per application.

A significant change is the introduction of a new Major Projects category of up to $10,000, which will be available in the August assessment, Round 2. Council will award two projects only in this category per year at this stage.

The program budget has been set at $254,000 for 2015/16 with Round 1 having $63,000 remaining in this financial year. Council anticipates Round 2 will have $127,000 available for disbursement.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said the community grants program is an on the ground, direct injection of funds for priority projects, programs and initiatives as identified by you.

“This is a viable, not too onerous and encouraging grants program. With chunkier amounts and two grants of up to $10,000 available later in the year, we hope to reach a new audience of subscribers and also see an array of ‘new’,” Cr Crugnale said.

“’New’ as in quirky festivals and celebrations that accentuate our story and point of difference, youth projects, social enterprise initiatives, environment and social planning, non traditional arts, project development, groups partnering with each other as well as strengthening the existing spectrum of subscription categories and themes.

“If you are an individual with a great idea or want to kick start something in your community, you can apply through an auspicing body or in partnership with a local group. Council is here to assist and direct you to a suitable organisation and contact person.”

Potential applicants should start by reading the updated Community Grant guidelines available from the 29 January at, and consider attending one of the information sessions held in:

  • Coronet Bay – Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 4.00 pm to 5.00pm, Coronet Bay Hall, 39A Gellibrand St
  • Cowes – Thursday, 11 February 2016, 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Meeting Room 1, Cowes Cultural Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue
  • Wonthaggi – Monday, 15 February 2016, 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm Old Post Office Building, Cnr of McBride Avenue and Watt St