Pyrenees Shire Community Grants Awarded
Published on 01 June 2021
Pyrenees Shire Council has just announced the recipients of Round 2 of its Community Grants program for 2020-21.
Fifteen organisations successfully applied for money, with Council awarding nearly $35,000 in grants.
Pyrenees Council Mayor, Cr Damian Ferrari, said that the money was being used for a wide variety of purposes, from community events to upgrading equipment and infrastructure.
“Lots of community organisations that run events applied for grants, and it was great to able to support them, especially after such a tough 2020 when most events had to be cancelled,” Cr Ferrari said.
“It was heartening to see other organisations being so motivated to make improvements for their communities, from the Day Breakers Automobile Club of Victoria planning to build shade sails over the new skate park in Snake Valley to Lexton Public Hall looking to make improvements to its facilities. We’re happy that Council could help.”
Council has two grant streams that can be applied for. The first is the Community Grant scheme, which includes grants for Inclusion & Diversity (up to $1,000); Programs, Projects & Equipment (up to $1,500); and Events (up to $750). The second stream is the Capital Works and Infrastructure Scheme, which has just one category that can allocate grants of up to $5,000 for capital works on projects benefitting community facilities.
Four organisations successfully applied for a $750 Events grant through the Community Grants scheme, including: the annual Beaufort Walkfest; Beaufort Country Women’s Association for its Beaufort conference; the Casablanca Movie Club in Avoca for its annual Seniors’ Movie Festival & Old Time Dance; and the Evansford Community Centre for its Spring Harvest Festival. Five successful applications were made through the Projects & Equipment grant: the Raglan Hall & Recreation Reserve committee received $736 to purchase maintenance equipment for its grounds; Snake Valley Hall Committee of Management received $598 for playground improvements; Lake Goldsmith Hall Committee received $1,500 for new chairs; and the Beaufort Agricultural Society received $1,060 for sunshade protection for sheep in working dog trials.
Six organisations successfully applied for Capital Works and Infrastructure grants: Lexton Public Hall received $2,080 for kitchen improvements; Lake Goldsmith Steam Preservation Association received $5,000 for a security camera security system; Landsborough & District Historical Group received $1,510 for repairs to the old police stables at the Barkly Room Site; Brewster Community Hall Association received $6,800 for the purchase and installation of solar panels; Day Breakers Automobile Club of Victoria received $6,025 for shade sails for the Snake Valley Skate Park; and Trawalla & District Recreation Reserve received $5,000 to replace the roof of Trawalla Hall. Council agreed to go above the $5000 maximum for two of the grants as the funding round was undersubscribed.
Finally, Council resolved to have a third round of grants as there is still $40,000 in unallocated funding.