Community share’s $80,000 in funding

By Corowa Free Press

Forty-five community groups and events across Indigo Shire will share in $80,000 of funding, with council announcing the successful recipients of the 2019/20 grants programs.

The grants include $50,000 as part of the Community Grants Program and $30,000 as part of the Tourism Festival and Events Grants Program, with recipients being announced at the Ordinary Council Meeting last week.

In Rutherglen the agricultural society, men’s shed, swimming club, golf club, Destination Rutherglen, lions club, Rutherglen & District Flower Show and Neighbourhood Watch were recipients of at least $1,000 each in funding.

The Wahgunyah Rowing Club received a boost of $500 while the Wahgunyah School of Arts Hall Committee acquired $1,000 as part of the Community Grants Program.

Indigo Shire Mayor, Cr Bernard Gaffney, said council’s grants streams support the wonderful work of community organisations and industry groups in delivering a range of exciting projects and events. 

“We received a large number of successful applications for arts and culture projects this year, including providing equipment for a rock school holiday program for aspiring musicians. Other successful projects include facility upgrades for a variety of sporting clubs and service groups, and support for two youth initiatives,” Cr Gaffney said. 

“Our Tourism Festival and Events Grant Program provides support for innovation and growth for existing events and encourages new festivals and events in the shire. Events receiving funding this year span music, arts, food and wine, mountain biking and more.” 

Festivals and events are key tourism drivers in Indigo Shire, with conservative economic modelling demonstrating the shire’s festivals contribute turnover of approximately $17 million to the local economy each year.  

“We wish all our grant recipients every success and we look forward to seeing the projects come to fruition,” Cr Gaffney said. 

A new stream of Council funding was also endorsed at last night’s Council Meeting. The Community Events Grant Program will provide a new opportunity for council to support social and cultural activities across the shire that don’t meet the guidelines of the other grant streams.

Applications for these grants will open in late September and information will be available on council’s website.

General Community Grants 

Beechworth Croquet Club $489.00 

Probus Club of Beechworth $576.00 

Rutherglen Agricultural
Society Inc. $1,000.00 

Rutherglen Men’s Shed $3,000.00 

Yackandandah Tennis Club Inc. $1,000.00 

Tangambalanga Tennis Club $3,000.00 

Kiewa Cricket Club Inc. $1,000.00 

Yackandandah Community
Bowling Club Inc. $1,000.00 

Wahgunyah Rowing Club Inc. $500.00 

Stanley Rural Community Inc. $2,400.00 

Neighbourhood Watch –
Rutherglen $1,500.00 

Chiltern Rodeo Committee $1,000.00 

Indigo U3A Incorporated $1,500.00 

Lions Club – Rutherglen $1,000.00 

CFA – Chiltern $1,900.00 

Barnawartha Recreation Reserve
Committee of Management $1,500.00 

Rutherglen Swimming Club $2,000.00 

Beechworth Wanderers
Cricket Club $1,800.00 

Cornishtown Hall Reserve
Committee $2,050.00 

Rutherglen Golf Club Inc. $1,000.00 

Destination Rutherglen $1,500.00 

Bunya Centre $530.00 

Beechworth Swimming
Club Inc. $1,500.00 

Chiltern Community Centre &
Courthouse Committee
of Management $3,000.00 

Wahgunyah School of Arts
Hall Committee $1,000.00 

Yackandandah Riding Club $3,000.00 

Kiewa RSL Sub Branch $1,395.00 

Barnawartha Playgroup $1,500.00 

Arts and Culture Grants 

Kiewa Valley Historical Society $1,000.00 

Arts Yackandandah Inc. $1,500.00 

Barnawartha Soldiers Memorial
Hall Committee $1,000.00 

Beechworth Music Festival $1,000.00

Indigo FM Incorporated $360.00   

Youth Initiative Grants 

 Kiewa Tennis Club $1,250.00 

Auskick – Chiltern $1,250.00 TOTAL $50,000.00 

Tourism Festival and Events 

Grants recipients 

A Weekend With… $3,000.00 

Beechworth Vignerons
Spring Tasting $1,000.00 

Beechworth Celtic Festival $2,000.00 

Chiltern Art Prize $3,000.00 

From Little Things $6,000.00 

Love + Light $6,000.00

Rapture $4,000.00 

Rutherglen & District
Flower Show $1,500.00 

Victorian Mountain Bike
Championships $2,000.00 

Yackandandah Arts Festival $1,500.00