Funds allocated to community groups

By Ashlea Witoslawski

More than $50000 will be delivered to a number of community groups and organisations through Greater Shepparton City Council grants programs.

Councillors this week voted for funds to be allocated through the Small Town Festive Grants 2019 — Transition Round, the Community Arts Grants — Round 2 and the Community Matching Grants — Round 2.

Community groups will receive $8878 through the arts grants to help facilitate a number of projects.

Applicants included the Toolamba Craft Group (supported by Lions Club of Toolamba), 36 Degrees South Choir, Kaiela Arts Shepparton and Shepparton Malayalee Association.

First introduced in 2011, the Community Matching Grants scheme has supported 229 projects, with an overall investment of $505104 from the council.

Designed to support projects that build social connections and partnerships, 13 groups were successful in the second round of funding, totalling $41012.91.

Mooroopna Community Plan Steering Group received the largest funding allocation of $5000 towards reactivating the Mooroopna Pool.

The project will engage the children who swim at Mooroopna Pool to produce murals on the pool surrounds.

The project builds on activities already established by the Kiwanis Club of Mooroopna, together with a group of Aboriginal Elders and children who attend the pool.

Councillors also voted for $2000 to be allocated to the Dookie and District Development Forum through the Small Town Festive Decoration Grants program.

This project will work towards the beautification of the historic buildings and streetscapes of the commercial part of the township of Dookie to celebrate the festive season.

The 2019 Christmas period will see the bank building included in the Festive Lighting Project.

City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said it was great to be able to help a number of diverse groups in the community.

‘‘It’s great to see so many things happening across our community and we’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to help groups grow and be more prosperous.’’