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Baw Baw Shire community groups receive more than $140k in council grants for vital projects and events in 2023

Baw Baw Sustainability Network received $5,000 to promote their Creative Harvest event, aiming to educate and inspire self-sufficiency. Mayor Annemarie McCabe praised community initiatives and the improved application process.

By news@gippsland - 28th September 2023 - Back to News

Local community groups in Baw Baw have been awarded over $140,000 in council grant funding to assist with projects and events that benefit the wider community. Each year, Baw Baw Shire Council's Community Grants Program invites eligible not for profit organisations to apply for funding to support their valuable work. Grants are available across two streams throughout the year: Minor Capital Works and Community Projects.

With projects expected to conclude within six months of the funding agreement. Eligibility is confirmed through mandatory pre-application appointments

With projects expected to conclude within six months of the funding agreement. Eligibility is confirmed through mandatory pre-application appointments

Funding for community projects

The current round of funding, dedicated specifically to the Community Projects stream, saw a total of $140,304.45 awarded to support 33 non-profit organisations and associations in Baw Baw Shire to help them deliver (among other things):

  • New signage
  • Minor refurbishments, storage and cabinets
  • Traffic management for community events
  • Sporting facility upgrades
  • Marketing and entertainment for community events
  • First aid accessories
  • Audio and information technology equipment

This funding round was the first conducted under a new and improved application process introduced in July following extensive community consultation.

Funding boost for creative harvest

One of this year's successful recipients, Baw Baw Sustainability Network has received just under $5000 in grant funding to support their event, Creative Harvest. Representing the group, Anda McMillan says "We are thrilled to receive this grant which will be used to bolster the promotional efforts of our upcoming event, Creative Harvest."

"Our event serves as an educational beacon for our community, imparting valuable insights and inspiration to empower our attendees to have a go at growing their own food gardens and become more self-sufficient. As our event continues to captivate an ever-expanding audience from across the State, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for this added support in amplifying our message to a wider audience," Ms McMillan said.

Mayor applauds grant recipients

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Cr Annemarie McCabe congratulated the recipients on taking up the opportunity to apply. "These groups are integral to Baw Baw Shire," said the mayor. "We are always pleased to support such a fantastic range of community-led initiatives. I applaud them for making the most of the funding opportunity and would absolutely encourage other groups to do the same."

"Over the past two years, this program has provided over $300,000 to support our dedicated and committed local groups, often led by volunteers. We know how much that funding can mean. And, with a new, easier application process based on user feedback, it has never been easier to apply," Ms McCabe said.

To find out more about Baw Baw Shire Council's Community Grants Program, including information on how to apply and how your group could benefit from a grant, please visit Community Grants Program - Community Projects page. Successful applicants in the Minor Capital Works stream will be announced in November.

Successful grant recipients

Funding is available to support the delivery of community events, projects, programs, environmental initiatives, and the purchase of equipment. Total project costs cannot exceed $5,000 (including GST if applicable). Full list of successful applicants and projects are as follows:

Community GroupGrantProject
Aberfeldy & District Association Inc.$3,300Defibrillator & Welcome/Info Signage for Aberfeldy Community Hub for a defibrillator and signage
Apex Club of Drouin Inc$5,000Community Fun Run & Festival for traffic management, signage and advertising
Baw Baw Arts Alliance$1,779Art in the Street for 40 adult t-shirts, graphic design for brochure and A3 poster and chalk and canvas
Baw Baw Food Relief$4,254Op Shop Revamp for additional shelving, clothing racks, new cash register and display counter
Baw Baw Sustainability Network$4,895Creative Harvest Festival for social media, copywriting overview, photography, website management and printing
Baw Baw Radio Modellers Association Gippsland Inc$5,000Portable Disabled Toilet for a disabled toilet that complies with Australian Standards
Committee For Drouin$1,358Oak Street Arts Happening for traffic management
Drouin Dragons Soccer Club$4,995Junior Goal Replacement for 5 portable aluminium soccer goals
Drouin Ficifolia Festival Committee Inc$5,0002024 Ficifolia Festival for first aid/ambulance service and children's entertainment including art, messy play and face painting
Drouin Hawks Netball Club$5,000Grandstand Seating for two tip and roll portable grandstands
Ellinbank Badminton Club Incorporated$4,800Ellinbank Badminton Club Room Appliance Upgrade for a portable air dehumidifier, a portable boiling water unit with filter and two portable heaters
Erica and District Historical Society Inc$4,334Archives, Record and Library Storage for storage cabinets and bookcases
Gladiators Basketball Club$4,060Match Grade Basketballs for purchase of 45 match grade basketballs
Hill End Community Incorporated$3,444Commercial Refrigerator for commercial size refrigerator
Landcare Victoria Inc. for Tanjil Valley Landcare$4190Tanjil Valley Community Festival for a welcome ceremony and entertainment including Aussie wildlife, Bublitz and Birdlife Australia
Mawarra by Knoxbrooke$4,849Mawarra Centre Chickens and Recycling Reboot for purchase of 33 assorted eco bins/buckets & liners, six backyard chickens and a moveable chicken house/run for the garden at the Mawarra Centre
Strzelecki Bushwalking Club$3,705Remote and Isolated First Aid for training of first aiders and 15 customised remote first aid kits
Tetoora Road Community Centre$2,015Purchase of Portable Speaker, Tennis Net and Land Maintenance Tools for the purchase of a portable speaker, a tennis net and outdoor land maintenance tools including bypass pruner, hedge shears, lopper and brush cutter
The Scout Association of Australia, Victorian Branch for Trafalgar Scouts$4,999Essential Youth Program Equipment Upgrade for four gazebos, eight solid gazebo walls, six gazebo gutters, four camping light bars, four mesh floor, 15 folding tables and benches, one folding solar panel kit, battery, and six 12pc enamel dinner set, and four lifejackets
The Crossing Drop In Inc$2,927Technology and Website Upgrade for a monitor, keyboard and Microsoft mouse combo, portable HP conference speaker Bluetooth, standard website build bundle design, email creation, setup, Ecotank printer and two backup drives
Trafalgar Tennis Club$2,339Replacement of Tennis Nets and Winders for purchase of six new nets and six new net winders
Warragul and District Netball Association Incorporated$5,000Live Scoring Initiative for 10 x iPads & protective cases
Warragul and West Gippsland Agricultural Society$5,000Warragul Show Traffic Management for traffic management
Warragul Camera Club$4,00051st Warragul National Photographic Competition and Exhibition event for catalogue advertising
Warragul Cemetery Trust$3,577Kitchen Improvements for a dishwasher, large refrigerator, and an under-bench fridge
Warragul Cycling Club$3,855Baw Baw Classic 2024 for traffic management
Warragul Municipal Band Inc$1,034Warragul Municipal Band Academy for music education program, standard of excellence music books and instrument maintenance and cleaning
Warragul Playgroup Inc$4,784Soft-play Equipment for Warragul Playgroup for a soft gym - 12 Piece Set
Warragul Senior Citizens Club Inc for Warragul Acoustic Unplugged$3,414 Improved Lighting and Sound for stage lighting and PA system
Warragul Theatre Company$5,000Legally Blonde Audio Equipment for the hire of 30+ microphones and full audio production for cast and orchestra
West Gippsland Genealogical Society Inc$5,000New Scanner and Computers for two wireless keyboards and mouse, two desktop PCs , two monitors and one graphic scanner
Western Park Cricket Club$4,840Western Park Cricket Club Community Engagement & Development for proflex stop that ball - 50ft system with weights, bowling machine, fortress flexi stump full set and match crown cricket ball equipment

Pictures from Baw Baw Shire Council website.


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