Yarra Ranges community groups, artists, events, schools and sporting clubs will share in $420,930 worth of funding from Yarra Ranges Council’s 2020 Grants for Community program.
In total, 75 applicants from this round of funding will receive financial support towards their projects, which all fall under eligible categories of either community development, festivals and events or arts and heritage.
Yarra Ranges Mayor, Tony Stevenson, congratulated the successful applicants and said that he looks forward to seeing their projects being delivered in the coming year.
“On behalf of Yarra Ranges Council, I’d like to congratulate all of our grant recipients,” Cr Stevenson said.
“We’re lucky to have such fantastic volunteers, artists and residents in the Yarra Ranges, who are all passionate about supporting their community.
“I’m proud that as a Council we’re able to support their visions through the Community Grants program. All councillors and staff are eager to see the outcomes from this round of funding.”
Successful recipients include Cire Services Inc, who through the funding will be able to develop ‘All the Feels – Upper Yarra Kids Art Club’. This therapeutic, after school arts based program supports the emotional health and wellbeing of children.
Kilsyth Community Action Group received funding to help support the Kilsyth Festival, while the Ranges Academy of Performing Arts received funding for their three-day, Lantern and Light International Children’s Film Festival in Belgrave.
Jim Fuller Community House in Mooroolbark received funding for their initiative, The Mary Hill House Project Pilot, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of older women experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
And on the sporting front, Upwey Tecoma Cricket Club will be able to increase female participation at their club with the creation of four new female cricket teams, through the support of the grants program.