More than $15,000 in funding was awarded at Tuesday’s Council Meeting to eight community groups to assist with different events being held in Greater Shepparton.
The funding forms part of the 2021 Round Two Minor and Major Events Grants Program which aims to provide financial assistance to not-for-profit groups who are organising events within the municipality.
This round received eight funding applications from the community, with five groups applying for minor funding of between $500 and $2,000 and three groups for major funding between $2,000 and $5,000.
Each of the applications were successful in receiving an allocated amount of funding totalling $15,600.
Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe thanked each of the community groups who applied for Round Two and congratulated them on receiving funding.
“It is fantastic to see so many events happening in our region as our community works to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
“Council is very supportive of community groups who help grow and diversify our region’s events calendar and we are more than happy to provide grant opportunities to allow this work to happen.”
A dedicated Council Events Officer will be assigned to each successful applicant to assist them with COVID-19 requirements to ensure each of the events are conducted in a COVIDSafe manner. Officers will also assist with booking forms, risk assessments and any other enquiries to ensure they conduct a successful and safe event.
Cr O’Keeffe acknowledged that major events lead to increased visitation to the region, length of stay and economic yield.
“Events such as these ones funded through Round Two of the grants program help make our region a more attractive place to live and work,” she said.
“Council understand the hard work that goes on behind the scenes from volunteer committees and working groups to coordinate these events and we look forward to seeing some fantastic events held over the next 12 months.”