Council awarded $30,000 to local community organisations via its Community Grants Program at its October meeting of Council.
The Community Grants Program supports initiatives that deliver a range of social and economic benefits to communities across the Federation Council area. The program provides a more streamlined approach to supporting local community groups, organisations and clubs with delivering community projects and events.
Two rounds are facilitated each year, with a total amount of $60,000 available to fund one-off projects through one of the nine focus categories:
- Arts And Culture;
- Events & Tourism;
- Community Work and Welfare;
- Skill Development and Learning;
- Health Promotion;
- Accessibility and Inclusion;
- Young People;
- Senior Residence; and
- Children and Families.
Federation Council Mayor, Cr Pat Bourke congratulated grant recipients.
“I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank all community organisations that submitted an application, and congratulate those who were successful,” he said.
“The Community Grants Program is an initiative aiming to empower groups to develop ideas, projects and events that can contribute to the vibrancy and connected community of Federation Council. We see this program as a way to bring forward new ideas and help to develop existing projects to a new height.”
Mayor Bourke said the grants program is a community focused initiative that gives Federation organisations a way of involving the wider community, their participation in local activities and championing projects that have a strong economic and social impact.
“I look forward to seeing projects developed by the community, for the community delivered in the near future,” he said.
Round One of the 2022/2023 Community Grants Program opened on Monday, 8 August 2022 and closed on Friday, 16 September 2022. Community Grant Funding was awarded to the following community organisations for the purposes outlined:
- $1,000 cash contribution for the Corowa Festival of Dance to support the cost of a band at the Tuesday 8th November Afternoon Dance.
- $1,850 cash contribution for the Oaklands and District Lions to assist with the cost of traffic management and catering at the Santa in the Park event.
- $1,000 cash contribution for the Khaki Vehicle Enthusiasts to fund merchandise at the 43rd Annual Corowa Swim-In and Military Vehicle Gathering.
- $2,000 cash contribution for the Rivereens to assist with the set-up cost to enable them to run community music programs.
- $2,500 cash contribution to the Upper Murray Quirky Events Inc to assist with the establishment of the Art, Craft, and Model Railway Exhibition.
- $1,000 cash contribution for the Morundah Bush Entertainment Committee Incorporated to host the Melbourne Grammar School Symphony Orchestra Tour at the Paradise Palladium Theatre.
- $2,700 cash contribution for the Savernake School of Arts Committee to host the Small Halls Festival in 2023.
- $2,000 cash contribution to Corowa High School P&C to enable the Breakfast Club to supply other foods (e.g. Fresh fruit) to meet students’ nutritional needs and support healthy food and lifestyle choices.
- $2,100 cash contribution to the Corowa Vintage Machinery Club to assist with the cost of the Woodgrub Block power connection at their clubhouse.
- $2,200 cash contribution for the Corowa Business Chamber – Corowa Events to assist with the cost of hosting the Corowa Christmas Festival including music, markets, and activities.
- $2,200 cash contribution for the Howlong Golf Club to assist with the cost of hosting Carols by Candlelight for the community over the Christmas period.
- $1,442 refund of Development Application Fees to the Urana Progress Association Inc. Under Council’s Financial Assistance and Donations Policy approved DA reimbursements can go through the Community Grants Process.
- $2,500 cash contribution to the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales Oaklands Branch to assist with the establishment of a Rural Woman’s Dinner in Oaklands.
- $3,000 cash contribution for the Mulwala Progress Association to support the cost of the installation of updated signage at the front of Tunzafun.
- $2,500 cash contribution for the Howlong Little Athletics to support the cost of the installation of a sunshade at Lowe Square.