A total of 42 Banyule community groups and individuals were awarded a share of approximately $218,000 at the Banyule Grants Program presentation evening on Thursday 22 November to support a variety of local projects.
Twenty-four Community Grants shared $158,000 of funding to help kick start and support initiatives focused on increasing recreational, cultural, sporting and community development opportunities.
While $60,000 was allocated to 18 Environmental Sustainability Grants, focusing on programs aiming to improve the natural environment, conserve resources, reduce waste and encourage environmental stewardship in the community.
Banyule Mayor Wayne Phillips said these grants were quite often the boost needed to get bright ideas off the ground. “There are many people out there with great ideas and drive who need a little bit of funding to help them. Council is proud to support these initiatives and programs that have such a positive impact for our community.”
“Banyule is extremely lucky to have such active and involved individuals and community groups, and it’s only fitting for Council to work with them and support their initiatives,” Banyule Mayor Cr Wayne Phillips said.
Grants recipients include:
SES Northcote Unit will update their IT infrastructure;
Bundoora Scout Association to install a 6.1Kw solar system to reduce bills and show leadership in environmental sustainability;
Greenheart Australia to facilitate Waste Less for Life Workshops exploring creative ways to reduce household waste;
Greenhills Pre-school to upgrade their bathroom facilities;
Ms Edwina Entwisle for her photographic exhibition, “Dogs, their people and the Creek”; and
Banksia Palliative Care for a new clinical space that will be used to provide free medical consultations grief and bereavement counseling, massage therapy, social work appointments and music therapy sessions.