Council community grants

WELLINGTON Shire Council has awarded $103,939.45 to a range of community programs and events through its Community Assistance Grants funding scheme.

The Community Assistance Grants Scheme aims to encourage participation, develop community led initiatives and support cultural and economic development.

Mayor Scott Rossetti said applications came from number of significant and positive programs and events arranged by Wellington’s community groups and organisations.

“We recognise that the Grants Scheme provides an important boost for many community groups. This round, the funding is allocated across 13 community events and 15 community programs,” Cr Rossetti said.

“All of these programs and events offer great support for the community and there is a wide range of innovative programs and events for us all to look forward to.

“It looks to be a busy few months in Wellington’s calendar, which now includes the Rosedale Shire Hall’s centenary celebrations, Heyfield’s Sustainable Living Festival, the Glenmaggie Scottish Folk Festival and the Gippsland six-hour Victorian Enduro Series race.

“Some of the programs supported include UnitingCare Gippsland’s early years inclusion resource library, the establishment costs for a Wellington Multiple Sclerosis peer support group and assistance the Golden Beach Bowls Club to purchase balls for the visually impaired to make their indoor bowls sporting program more inclusive.

“Our funding panel, made up of community representatives and council staff, deliberated for a long while over all the applications. It’s not an easy job to prioritise where the money will go, and that job is made all the more difficult when we receive such high calibre applications.

“Council looks forward to seeing the next round of applications in August.”

For the full list of community groups receiving funding, read Friday’s Gippsland Times.