Grants give life to exciting community initiatives

Monday, 8 January 2018

Applications for the second round of Moonee Valley City Council’s 2017/18 Biannual Grants open on Tuesday, 30 January, empowering community groups and businesses to undertake some incredibly worthwhile initiatives.

Grants are available for projects as small as a few hundred dollars and anywhere up to $20,000 – as long as they have a positive community impact.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said the diversity of the projects achieved through Council’s grants program was inspiring.

“Recently Life Saving Victoria received a grant to deliver their Open Water Learning program to almost 500 local primary school kids, providing them with critical water safety, lifesaving and emergency response skills,” Cr Sipek said.

“These sessions occurred just before the summer holidays, so it was perfect timing to have these take place before kids spent time around pools and at the beach over the summer months.

“This is a potentially life-saving initiative that Council is very proud to have supported.”

Cr Sipek said a traders group also recently received a grant to brighten up a shopping strip precinct.

“The beautiful, vibrant mural that’s gone up at the Niddrie shops happened after Niddrie Traders Association successfully applied for one of our grants,” Cr Sipek said.

The artwork is by leading Australian artists Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran. Meet them and find out what inspired the mural:

Portfolio holder for Community Wellbeing Cr Jim Cusack said this biannual grants round would introduce a sub-stream called ‘Social support grants’ to provide funding up to $1,500.

“This sub-stream is designed to support smaller community groups with their operational needs,” Cr Cusack said.

“Previously it was difficult for small initiatives such as these to compete with grander proposals, so we identified a need to have them assessed separately against a different criteria.

“Examples of initiatives that might qualify include something as simple as catering for a function, hiring a bus for an outing, funds for making regular activities just that much easier or purchasing cooling fans for use during the hot summer months.

“Just because they are small initiatives, doesn’t mean they aren’t important, especially for some of our most vulnerable communities. This is one way Council can support these groups to maintain viable social connections for people in our community.”

Council will hold a series of information sessions and grant writing workshops throughout February.

To book into one of these sessions, visit the Moonee Valley Grants page. You can apply for a grant on this page between Tuesday, 30 January until Tuesday, 6 March.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM