The Benalla Rural City Council’s annual Community Support Program opened on Monday, February 6.
The program provides funding for incorporated, community-based not-for-profit groups and organisations to assist in hosting events, activities and community-based initiatives.
The council has committed $90000 under its 2016/17 Budget for the Community Support Program, which includes four categories being Community Grants for amounts of up to $2500, Community Sponsorship, which is allocated monthly and is for amounts of up $500, the Youth Participation Grants for amounts of up to $1000 and the Major Events Funding program for amounts of up to $1500.
‘‘These grants create good opportunities for all sections of the community to host events, revitalise community spaces, and purchase much needed equipment,’’ Mayor Don Firth said.
‘‘The range of activities and initiatives covered by the Community Support Program is really broad and I encourage people to look at them and to consider applying,’’ Cr Firth said.
The Community Support Program opens on Monday, February 6, and closes on Wednesday, March 22.
Examples of projects the council funded last year include:
●The purchase of First Aid Kids, a large cricket net and junior cricket equipment for the Benalla Bushrangers Cricket Club Inc;
●Funding to assist with the Devenish High Tea event that was part of the Benalla Festival;
●The purchase of equipment, such as a laptop and data projector for the Benalla Historical Society; and
●Funding to assist with electrical upgrades to the computer lab room at Waminda Community House.
The Benalla and District Pre-school Partnership was successful in obtaining a community grant to purchase equipment and materials that helped preschool-aged children learn about the environment.
‘‘The children and families were thrilled with the equipment purchases,’’ Benalla and District Pre-School Partnership president Lorraine Trethowan said.
‘‘A great big thank you from the educators, families and all the children of Blue Group at Munro Ave Preschool.’’
Potential applicants are encouraged to book into one of two information sessions:
●Monday, February 13, 7pm to 8.30pm: Devenish Public Hall, Main St, Devenish.
●Monday, February 20, 7pm to 8.30pm: Lurg Hall Winton-Lurg Rd, Lurg.
This year the council is also holding a grant-writing workshop and information session to provide useful tips on how to prepare a successful grant application.
●Monday, February 27, 5.30pm to 7.30pm: Ray Sweeney Community Care Building, Coster St, Benalla.
●Bookings can be made by phoning the Customer Service Centre on (03)57602600.
Bookings for information sessions and the workshop are essential as places are limited.
●For grant guidelines and application forms, visit www.benalla.vic.gov.au
●For more information or if you require any assistance in applying for a grant, phone the Community Development team on (03)57602600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org