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Get your ideas up and running: Small Grants Program applications now open

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Community groups can turn one of their dreams into a reality, with applications now open for Surf Coast Shire Council’s Small Grants Program.

The grants are designed to support community group projects and initiatives, encourage the development of project ideas, and the improvement of services across the Surf Coast Shire.

The Small Grants program has two rounds of funding a year, with four grant categories:

·        Community initiatives

·        Environment

·        Culture and arts

·        Recreation and leisure.

Community groups and incorporated not-for-profits can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to assist in the delivery of various initiatives.

Deputy Mayor Liz Pattison said the funding has previously helped kick-start some fantastic community-driven programs.

“It’s about assisting the community to improve health and wellbeing, creative learning and social inclusion opportunities, and care for our environment,” Cr Pattison said.

“The grants are designed to help local clubs and groups get projects going, turning their ideas into activities and initiatives that benefit the community.

“It’s obviously been a pretty tough couple of years, and sponsorship is a little more taxing for all involved. This funding can help get some worthy projects up and running.”

Projects funded in the previous round included grants for local community garden enhancements, a web tool to help residents and businesses track and reduce their carbon footprint, the development of audio magazines and newsletters, and sports equipment to support up-and-coming athletes.

For more information and to apply for this round of Small Grants: surfcoast.vic.gov.au/grants.

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