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Round Two of Greater Grants Now Open

22 January 2018

Round two of Council’s Greater Grants Program for the 2017-18 financial year is now open.

Greater Grants is designed to help build our region by giving community groups a funding source to undertake new or growing initiatives, projects, or events that benefit the Southern Grampians Shire.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Mary-Ann Brown said the Greater Grants Program is a wonderful way for Council to provide financial assistance to our community groups and organisations.

“Last financial year, we contributed almost a quarter of a million dollars to community infrastructure, events and other projects through our Greater Grants program.

“The Coleraine Pedal Car Grand Prix, Dunkeld Sturgeon Stampede and the Hamilton Pride and Inclusion day were just a handful of the events funded last year, while we also supported the purchasing of new lane ropes for the Hamilton Swim Club, a rainwater tank at HIRL and contributed funds towards the community gathering space at Branxholme.

“The projects and events we support reflect the tremendous contribution that volunteers make in our community. These volunteers are the backbone of our community and Council are proud to support these groups and individuals to achieve these events, projects and initiatives which are so important to our region.”

Charles Blackwell, president of the Dunkeld Rodeo committee, said Council’s Greater Grants program helped make the first Dunkeld Sturgeon Stampede a success in 2017.

“It was really successful, especially for a first year event,” Blackwell said. “Despite some poor weather, we had a good crowd walk through the gates and there was a great family vibe too which is exactly what we are looking to create.

“The event received a $2,500 grant through Council’s Greater Grants Program to help cover security costs and entertainment, as well as advertising. We are very grateful to Council for their funding which helped get this event off the ground and for their continued support as we plan for our 2018 event on the March long weekend.”

Mr Blackwell encouraged other community groups and individuals in the shire to apply for the second funding round, which is now open.

“If you have an idea or project which will help your community grow and succeed, you should definitely apply for the Council’s Greater Grants Program,” he said.

Information on the funding categories available and on how to apply can be found on the Grants and funding section of council’s website at

Applications for round two of the 2017-2018 Greater Grants Program close 5pm on Friday, 23 February 2018. Potential applicants are reminded to refer to the Greater Grants Guidelines to assess their eligibility to apply.

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