Funding boost for grassroots groups

Published on Friday, 9 December 2022 at 9:17:12 AM

From Lions and scouts, to history buffs to sporting clubs, family centres, schools and toy libraries – these are the vast array of community groups and organisations sharing in a financial boost of more than $13,000 via Round 1 of Council’s 2022/23 Community Grants program.

At its meeting in October, Council approved the following grant recipients:

  • The Henty Riding Club Inc - $5,000 towards new shared playground;
  • Bunbury Regional Toy Library - $944 for committee iPad and laptop;
  • Dardanup Heritage Collective - $1,000 for laptop and audio recorders;
  • Eaton CWA – $1,000 for limestone brick retaining garden beds;
  • Eaton Family Centre - $982 for projector, screen and speaker;
  • Eaton Junior Cricket Club - $1,000 iPads and covers for scoring;
  • Eaton Lions - $748 for gazebos and side walls;
  • Leschenault Scout Group - $1,000 for flag, business cards, and first aid kits;
  • Eaton Primary School P&C - $1,000 for kitchen garden shelving.

Community grants are available for projects and activities within the Shire of Dardanup that:

  • Foster the distinctiveness of places through the personalisation of community areas;
  • Activate public places;
  • Build the skills and capacity of the community;
  • Leave a lasting positive impact on the community;
  • Promote accessibility and inclusivity for all members of the community;
  • Empower groups to be proactive in the community.

Under the program there are three categories of support available:

  • Quick Response Community Grant (Up to $500)
  • Community Grant (Up to $1,000)
  • Community Grant ($1001 to $5,000)

Applications for Round 2 of the program will open in January.

Under Council’s Events Grants, Eaton Family Centre also received $764 towards its ‘Celebration of Community & Culture’ Event.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said he was pleased Council had the opportunity through its grants program to recognise and support the work of grassroots community groups all making valuable contributions to local wellbeing.

“The growth and vitality of small community groups were just another sector to have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Cr Bennett said.

“So it was really heartening to see we had a rise in applications during this funding round, indicating the resilience of our groups who are now getting back to doing more of what they do best,” Cr Bennett said.

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