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COVID-19 Quick Response Grants Reopen

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Monday, 15 March 2021 - 8:45am
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COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants Golden Plains Shire Council

Following a successful first round earlier this year, Council has opened its COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants for a second round from today.

Supported by the Victorian Government’s Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative (CASI) Program, the grants are designed to fund activities that will assist community groups adapt and recover from the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants are available in two categories:

Operating in COVID Environment Grant

This grant will assist community organisations and groups build their capacity to operate in a COVID-safe environment, and can go towards expenses that help community groups deliver their existing and new services or programs in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Grants of up to $1,000 are available in this category.

Community Engage, Connect and Recover Initiatives

Funding of up to $4,000 is available in this category to support community organisations deliver new or existing projects, programs and activities that will help Golden Plains Shire communities to recover from COVID-19.

All activities must comply with the latest health and Victorian Government restrictions.

Applications for Round Two grants will close at 5pm, Monday 5 April, 2021 or until all funds are allocated. All applications must be submitted online at Guidelines and details on how to apply for the COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants are available here. Community groups seeking more information on the program are encouraged to contact Council's Community Development Officer on 5220 7227 or email [email protected].


In Round One, Council allocated $20,899 in grants to 16 community projects across Golden Plains Shire. Projects and events funded include the Garibaldi Hall Community Hub, Inverleigh Mechanics Institute’s Connect and Share digital skills program, the Teesdale Auskick program and the Woady Yaloak Historical Society’s Australia Day BBQ.

Mayor Cr Helena Kirby encouraged community groups to apply and take advantage of the program’s second round.

“After a great first round, Council is reopening our COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants to support more community groups. These grants will help eligible organisations activate community spaces and deliver new or improved programs, services and events, all in a COVID-safe manner.

“The grant program is part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on local residents, businesses and organisations in Golden Plains Shire, which is still just as important as the vaccine rollout gets underway, hopefully bringing the pandemic to an end.

“In the first round, 16 well deserving community programs and events shared in $20,899 of funding. Council was really pleased to be able to support community groups from Ross Creek to Barunah Park, and I hope to see more of our Shire’s wonderful groups apply in this new round of funding.”

Projects funded in Round One

Community Group Project or Event Name Funding Amount
Meredith Community Centre ‘Welcome to Meredith’ $1,300
Inverleigh Mechanics Institute ‘Connect and Share’ $2,617
GP Arts Inc ‘Moving Forward’ $3,000
Woady Yaloak Historical Society Australia Day BBQ $380
The Garibaldi Hall Committee Garibaldi Hall Community Hub $2,240
Ross Creek - Smythes Creek Community Group Ross Creek - Smythes Creek Community Catch-Ups $2,349
Ross Creek - Smythes Creek Community Group Ross Creek - Smythes Creek Community Newsletter $920
Barunah Park Recreation Reserve Inc ‘COVID but still cosy!’ $703
Rokewood Pony Club 2021 Events & Clinics Equipment $2,000
Rokewood Pony Club COVID Safe Rallies and Events $650
Teesdale Cricket Club TCC Meeting COVID-19 Requirements $1,000
Linton and District Progress Association Equipment & Software to Support Hybrid LDPA Meetings $660
Inverleigh Playgroup ‘Back to Playgroup’ $1,000
Teesdale Auskick Centre Teesdale Auskick 2021 $500
CWA Inverleigh Branch CWA Inverleigh COVID Restart Grant $930
Ross Creek Recreation Reserve Committee Incorporated COVID-Safe Cleaning Supplies for The Morrissey Hall $650

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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.