Community Grants give groups fundraising boost
Bass Coast Shire Council awarded $82,236 to 33 community groups at the presentation of Round 2 of the 2018 Community Grants Program on Monday, 26 November.
Mayor Cr Brett Tessari was joined on the night by Crs Geoff Ellis, Pamela Rothfield, Les Larke and Michael Whelan to present the worthy recipients with certificates acknowledging their projects.
Projects supported by this Round of the Program ranged from a dust extraction system for Wonthaggi Woodcrafters and new tents for Inverloch Scouts, to a Night with Gilbert and Sullivan at Bass, a motor for Woolamai Beach Surf Lifesaving Club’s rescue inflatable boat and a digital platform for Phillip Island and District Historical Society.
The major project for the Round was awarded to Kilcunda Community Centre for solar panels. The community centre also successfully applied for a grant to replace windows at the front of the building with bi-fold doors.
Bass Coast Mayor Cr Brett Tessari gave his congratulations to all recipients and said it was great to see so many fantastic community groups rewarded for their hard work, from right across the municipality.
“I know fundraising takes a great deal of volunteer time and commitment from these community groups, so I would like to thank everyone for the enormous effort they put in for their local community,” Cr Tessari said.
“The networking, information and project sharing that also happens at these type of events is an added bonus to help connect groups and individuals across the municipality.”
The grants were undersubscribed in 2018, so Councillors have agreed to carry $44,000 over to Round 1 of the 2019 Community Grants.
This means there is now $171,630 available for community groups and organisations to take advantage of in Round 1.
Applications for Round 1 are now open and will close Friday, 8 March 2019. More information can be found at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/grants.