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More Community Projects Funded In Second Round Of Grant Program

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 9:15am
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Community Strengthening Grants Round Two Golden Plains Shire Council

Seventeen Golden Plains community groups have been awarded Community Strengthening Grants by Council, to deliver an exciting range of community projects and programs across the Shire.

In the second round of this year’s grants program, Council awarded a combined $71,928 to the successful groups for projects across four categories: Healthy Active Living; Creative Community; Environment and Sustainability; and Community Safety.

As with the first round announced in July, Council invited recipients to tune into the livestream of Tuesday’s Council Meeting, where Councillors read out a short statement on each of the successful projects. This was instead of the usual in-person community event, which was unable to go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In this round, grants were received by another diverse field of organisations, ranging from sustainability and environment groups to sporting clubs, as well as organisations such as Life Saving Victoria. These grants will support a variety of programs, including building community facilities, enhancing the biodiversity in local reserves, and helping local residents purchase a solar or battery system for their home. Council’s $71,928 contribution will leverage another $204,560 in value for the community and provide a return of $2.80 for every $1 invested by Council.

In its 25th year, Council revised its successful community grants program, which now sees Community Strengthening Grants awarded in two rounds each year. In the first round of this year’s Community Strengthening Grants program, sixteen groups shared in $74,284 of funding.

Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Helena Kirby congratulated the successful community groups on their well-deserved grant funding.

“Congratulations to the second round recipients of Council’s 2020 Community Strengthening Grants program. While not the same as our usual special event to present each community group with their cheque, it was an honour for my fellow Councillors and I to announce the 17 recipients at the livestreamed Council Meeting.

“From projects in Haddon to Maude, it is terrific for Council to be able to support these well-deserving community groups to deliver a fantastic list of projects for our communities in all corners of the Shire.

“The $71,928 awarded in this round, follows the $74,284 allocated by Council to 16 community groups during the first round of this year’s grants program in July. All of us at Council are looking forward to seeing these projects come to life over the next year.

“If your community group has a valuable project that would benefit from a Community Strengthening Grant, I encourage you to put in an application for next year’s grants program.”

The recipients of the second round of Council’s Community Strengthening Grants are:

Community Group

Project Name

Grant Category

Grant Amount

Meredith Cricket Club

Updating the Cricket Nets

Healthy Active Living


Woady Yaloak Athletics Club

Haddon Seating Enhancement Project

Healthy Active Living


Rokewood Kindergarten

Outdoor Blinds Project

Healthy Active Living


Bannockburn and District Netball Association

Community Sports Grandstand

Healthy Active Living


Hands of Change Meredith

Meredith Community Garden

Healthy Active Living


Maude Recreation Reserve Committee of Management

Maude Recreation Reserve Cricket Nets

Healthy Active Living


Mannibadar Hall Committee

Mannibadar Soldier Settlement Centenary

Creative Community


Linton Cemetery Trust

Chinese Memorial Plaque and Landscaping

Creative Community


Garibaldi Landcare Group

Hardies Hill Reserve Wetlands Restoration

Environment and Sustainability


Inverleigh Golf Club

Inverleigh Golf Club Watering Project

Environment and Sustainability


Linton and District Progress Association

Enhancing Edinburgh Reserve’s Biodiversity

Environment and Sustainability


Yarrowee Leigh Catchment Group

Replacement of Landcare Tree Planting Tools

Environment and Sustainability


Batesford Fyansford Stonehaven Landcare

Enhancing Red Gum Reserve’s Biodiversity

Environment and Sustainability


Bannockburn Community Planning Group

Milton Street Arbour

Environment and Sustainability


Geelong Sustainability Group

Community Solar Bulk Buy

Environment and Sustainability


Life Saving Victoria

Sink or Swim Aquatic Safety and First Aid Online

Community Safety


Bannockburn & District Men’s Shed

Security Alarm System

Community Safety


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