More than $860,000 in community grants to be awarded
Thursday 08 November 2018
Yarra is set to invest more than $860,000 into 139 community initiatives that support sustainability, arts and culture, diversity and inclusion, sports and recreation, children, senior citizens, community housing, and more.
A total of $868,793 was invested in programs that address a variety of local needs and enrich the Yarra community, as part of the 2019 Annual Grants program, which is one of Victoria’s leading local government grant programs. Yarra’s Councillors endorsed the latest recipients at the latest council meeting.
The groups receiving the grants reflect Yarra’s diversity, with more than 50 grants awarded to projects that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse groups.
The award-winning Smith Street Dreaming project, from the Smith Street Working Group, is among these recipients. This annual festival showcases local talent, and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Another recipient is the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s City of Yarra Switched on Schools project, which will empower high school students with the skills and confidence to lead their own sustainability projects.
The LGBTI Elders Dance Club will also be receiving a boost, and said they will be using their grant to “address ageism, homophobia, lesbiaphobia and transphobia by supporting the recreational, artistic and social rights of LGBTI elders through creative actions”.
More than 14 grants have been awarded to sport programs that will help make sport accessible for women and girls, people living with a disability, public housing residents, multicultural groups and those with financial barriers.
Health, education and other community support initiatives are all represented in the list of grant recipients, along with groups that promote equality, and celebrate and preserve heritage, arts and culture.
Yarra is proud to help fund these programs, which support and enrich the Yarra community and promote connectedness and well-being across Yarra.