Cardinia Shire Council’s Community Wellbeing and Support Grant Program 2019–20 will provide over $100,000 in funding to support local community group efforts.
Through the program, Council has awarded 51 grants to support a wide range of local community wellbeing and support projects, from anti-bullying programs to procuring essential items for community centres.
Some of the supported groups and activities include:
- Rotary Club of Bunyip Garfield – Say NO to BULLYING Day
- Emerald Tennis Club – leaf drag mats
- Lakeside Residents Group – Christmas decorations
- Gembrook Singers – workshop, music scores, hall hire and piano tuning
- Johns Hill Landcare Group – transport support for elderly volunteers
- Cannibal Creek Catchment Landcare Group – auger and chainsaw
- Outlook Community Centre – diabetes education cooking classes
- Living Learning Pakenham – homework program for Sudanese community
- Cardinia Men’s Shed – marquee
- TRY Australia – volunteer recruitment to support young people
- Millhaven Lodge – establishing a sensory room for people with dementia
- Nar Nar Goon Football Club – play and kitchen equipment
- Cockatoo Emergency Support Team – psychological first aid training
- The Ark of Veterans – car parts to support a program for young military veterans
For the full list of grant recipients, visit www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/grants
Cardinia Shire Mayor Councillor Graeme Moore congratulated the grant recipients.
“The Community Wellbeing and Support Grant Program has run for over 10 years, and with more than $500,000 distributed to our community over the years it provides a huge contribution to many organisations that help make our shire a great place to live, work and play.
“The programs and purchases made possible through this program show the wonderful diversity of organisations, activities and volunteer contributions across our shire.
“We want Cardinia Shire to be a liveable and resilient community. Our community grants programs help to establish new organisations, projects and services, and support initiatives that improve resident health and wellbeing, community connection, volunteering opportunities, the capacity of community groups, projects and programs to be sustainable.
“On behalf of Council, and our community – congratulations – and thank you for the work you do within our community!” said Cr Moore.
Applications for the Community Wellbeing and Support Grant Program 2020–21 will open in early 2020.