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COVID-19 Grants For 23 Local Groups

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Thursday, 20 May 2021 - 2:30pm
Golden Plains Shire Council COVID-19 Quick Response Grants

Twenty-three Golden Plains community groups have been awarded COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants in the program’s second round.

Council awarded a combined $46,036 to the successful groups, with the program’s second round focusing on projects that would activate community spaces and deliver new or existing community programs that comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Applications were open from 15 March to 5 April, and grants were available in three categories: Operating in COVID Environment; Community Engage, Connect and Recover; and Small Halls Activation.

In the second round, grants were received by a diverse field of community groups to support events and programs in all corners of the Shire. Among the 24 successful applications, grants were awarded to the Mannibadar Hall Committee to hold a movie night, the Maude Recreation Reserve Committee to encourage involvement in the township’s community garden, and the Napoleons Enfield Landcare Group Inc to support its Frog Pond Social Plantings initiative.

Mayor Cr Helena Kirby congratulated the recipients and said the program was a great way to support communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Congratulations to the 23 deserving recipients of our COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants Program’s second round. Council is proud to award $46,036 to these wonderful events and programs in all corners of the Shire, from Shelford to Haddon.

“This grant program is part of our COVID-19 response, and I’m thrilled to see so many groups receiving support from Council to deliver 24 events that will activate our Shire’s small halls and help community life in our townships re-emerge after a challenging year.

“The COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants are in addition to our regular Community Strengthening Grants Program, and Council thanks the Victorian Government for providing funding for the program so we can offer this additional avenue of support to our local community groups.”

COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants are designed to fund activities that will assist community groups adapt and recover from the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the program’s first round, 16 community groups shared in $20,899 of grants to fund community projects across Golden Plains Shire.

The program is funded by the Victorian Government’s Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) initiative. The CASI program was established to help people maintain important connections with family, friends and community, and to build new social connections and networks of support in local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

Grants Funded In Round Two

Community Group Project or Event Name Funding Amount
Teesdale Turtle Bend Events Committee [email protected] Bend 2021 $4,000
Smythesdale Craft Group Return from COVID - Craft 2021 $980
Smythesdale Progress Association Smythesdale Winter Community Gathering $3,490
Integratedliving Australia Dereel Community Engagement Project $3,255.70
Geelong & District Golden Plains Kyokushin Inc Be your best - Bursting through COVID-19 $4,000
Scarsdale Newtown Community Group Time to Celebrate $3,500
Maude/Steiglitz/She-Oaks Community Planning Group Family & Community Identification of Flora and Fauna within an Interactive Community $1,000
Maude Recreation Reserve Committee Community Garden Involvement $1,200
Napoleons Enfield Landcare Group Inc Frog Pond Social Plantings $4,000
Shelford Progress Association Inc - Shelford This is what we do! $1,700
Haddon Community Learning Centre Inc Welcome to Haddon $1,400
Advance Meredith Association Inc Connecting Meredith - Let Our Spirit Shine $3,775
Napoleons Community Coordinators It's Movie Night at Napoleons $3,900
Golden Plains Arts Inc Smythesdale Community Arts Banner Project $3,790
Cape Clear, Illabrook and Rokewood Junction Community Committee Cape Clear and District 'Chat and Chew’ – Community Activity Nights $2,000
DCHI Dereel History Day $550
Cape Clear, Illabrook and Rokewood Junction Community Committee COVID 19 requirements for Community Activities $500
Barunah Park Recreation Reserve Inc Sausage Sizzle $500
Mannibadar Hall Committee Community Movie Night $500
Sutherlands Creek Tennis Club Sutherlands Creek Tennis Club Pizza Night $500
Cape Clear Recreation Reserve Committee of Management Inc Chat and Chew - Community BBQ $500
Cape Clear Recreation Reserve Committee of Management Inc Come & Try - Games Evening with Supper $500
Happy Valley Restoration Group Happy Valley Restoration Group - Family BBQ $500
Wallinduc Community Group Inc Christmas in July $500


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Golden Plains Shire spans the Traditional lands of the Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar people. Council acknowledges them as the traditional Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders and Eastern Maar Elders past, present and emerging. Council extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ppeople who are part of Golden Plains Shire.