Fast grants up for grabs

Wellington Shire is inviting community groups to apply for Quick Response Grants.

Open all year round, the scheme supports minor initiatives which encourage partnerships, celebrate occasions and assist with maintenance of community assets.

It provides a faster turnaround for funding outside the Community Assistance Grants timeline, with eligible applications assessed within two weeks.

There are three categories for not-for-profit community groups to apply for up to $2000.

They are minor community events which celebrate the community, or aspects of culture and identity in an event or activity; minor community projects which fulfil a demonstrated community need, or benefit to the community; and minor community facilities, including minor capital works projects and maintenance on community facilities.

Residents can also apply for up to $500 under the individual sponsorship category which provides assistance to allow individuals to participate in activities and events as representatives of the Wellington Shire community.

Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club’s Starfish program is an example of a minor community project which recently received a Quick Response Grant.

Run entirely by volunteers, the Starfish program offers a modified Nippers program for children of all abilities, teaching beach safety and water awareness skills.

With the support of council, the Starfish program is able to offer programs to young people of all abilities, teaching them essential skills.

The minor community project grant is being used to cover the cost of equipment required to run the program.

Nippers sessions are being held throughout January and February, with the first session on January 18.

For more information on Wellington Shire Council’s Quick Response Grants, including assessment criteria, visit www.wellington.vic.gov.au or phone council’s community facilities planning and grants officer on 1300 366 244.