City of Greater Geelong to bolster the local community with $4 million worth in grants
09.06.2021

City of Greater Geelong to bolster the local community with $4 million worth in grants

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Submissions for the council’s annual Community Grant Program are now open.

City of Greater Geelong has announced the return of its annual Community Grant Program, with submissions now open.

Available to artists, creatives and small to medium arts organisations, there is more than $4 million available to assist Greater Geelong’s community, arts, cultural, sporting, recreation, heritage, environmental and sustainability sectors.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to support individual Arts Projects that aim to foster creativity, engage the wider community and embed the role of the arts in the life and experience of the people of the Geelong region. There is a total grant pool of $220,000 available to cover the four arts grants offered by the City (Arts Projects, Festival-Arts, Professional Development and Quick Response), with the city encouraging applications from sole traders and arts businesses.

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There will also be a total grant pool of $200,000 for community events, with grants of up to $10,000 are available to support moderate-sized events within the City of Greater Geelong municipality. These grants intend to support moderate-sized events which bring economic benefits to the City of Greater Geelong, will strengthen and enrich the community, celebrate common interests, showcase local competitive advantages and provide opportunities for local participation. These include business events, food and wine events, religious and civic events and events showcasing local industries and Geelong’s competitive advantage.

Over in the community infrastructure sector, there is a total grant pool of $3,000,000 is available to support funding for the planning and delivery of capital works projects within the City of Greater Geelong. Grants of up to $50,000 to support costs of planning and feasibility activities for future infrastructure projects or grants of up to $350,000 to assist with costs of ready to go community infrastructure projects.

Other grants on offer include $6,000 available plus the free promotion of Children’s Week activities/events; a total grant pool of $150,000 for the Environmental Sustainability sector; $100,000 to assist owners in conserving heritage buildings within the Greater Geelong region; $243,000 available to support projects, programs, activities and small community forums or events that respond to community needs and improve the health, wellbeing and capacity of our community; and a total grant pool of $182,500 to support Neighbourhood Houses operating within the City of Greater Geelong.

There is also total grant pool of $100,000 available under the First Nations Cultural Heritage Grants which was established in collaboration with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (WTOAC) and is guided by the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006; and a total grant pool of $24,000 available plus free promotion of Geelong Seniors Festival activities and events on offer.

To register to attend one of the city’s grant writing and/or information sessions here.

For more info, visit the City of Greater Geelong website.