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Annual Grants invest in community
13 November 2014
More than $815,000 will be invested in the local community next year, with Yarra Council announcing the recipients of its 2015 Annual Grants.
Yarra’s Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky said the grants will help fund not-for-profit projects that aim to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents and encourage people to participate in the cultural life of Yarra.
“The 144 programs that received annual grants funding reach out to all areas of the community, providing residents with opportunities to learn new skills, seek support and maintain connections to the community,” Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky said.
“There are many dedicated not-for-profit community groups operating in Yarra, each providing valuable services, programs and events to support vulnerable community members and enrich the lives of all. Council is proud to offer significant funding to enable these groups to provide grassroots programs that make a real difference in the lives of individuals and make Yarra an inclusive, connected and supportive place to live,” she said.
Council has allocated a total of $2 million for a range of community grants in the 2014/15 financial year, including the Annual Grants, three-year Investing in Community Grants and Small Project Grants programs.
Cr Fristacky, emphasised that the grant program represents a productive investment in the Yarra community providing highly positive returns.
“For every $1 invested in community grants, there is a $4 return in terms of leverage funding, which is a significant benefit-cost. Apart from this, is the sizable social value generated by community projects – including social cohesion, promoting and improving community health and wellbeing and community safety through preventive projects,” she said.
Among the Annual Grants recipients are much-loved community events including Midsumma Festival, Melbourne’s annual celebration of queer culture; PBS FM’s Rock-A-Bye Baby live music sessions; and the Emerge Festival, which showcases the culture of refugee and other diverse communities.
St Mary’s House of Welcome in Fitzroy received funding to provide extra support for people who are homeless, as did a HomeGround Services’ project to increase accessibility to affordable, long term private rental properties for disadvantaged residents.
Smaller culturally and linguistically diverse groups also received support to run events and programs for their communities, including the Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria, Australian Iranian Society of Victoria and the Vietnamese Disability Action Group.
A full list of successful applicants is available on the Annual Grants webpage.
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