Submissions are now open for round one of the Central Highlands Regional Council Community Grants program, with more than $165,000 up for grabs.
The program supports a diverse range of groups and not-for-profit organisations operating in the region.
Mayor Kerry Hayes said that successful submissions will receive grants of up to $5,000 and $20,000 each.
‘The kinds of projects we’re looking for are ones that foster community engagement, connection and participation, arts and cultural development, community pride, or programs that bring our communities together to improve our wellbeing,’ he said.
‘Some community groups need financial assistance to purchase equipment or to improve facilities, while others may need help to get a community event off the ground.’
Mayor Hayes said the program is a vital investment in projects that contribute to strong and vibrant communities and liveability in the region.
‘I strongly encourage community groups to apply and look forward to seeing the projects come to life.’
Council’s community grants program has provided more than $1.6 million in assistance to local community groups and organisations since the program was launched in 2009.
Submissions for round one of the program are now open and close at 5.00 pm on 28 February 2022. All submissions will be notified of the outcome of their application by early April 2022. Application forms and guidelines are available online here.