A welcome injection of almost $30,000 has been granted to Griffith community groups, organisations and individuals to continue the growth and services provided in the city. A total of 13 applications were approved at the last general council meeting, where all of the Communities Committee recommendations were adopted.
Mayor John Dal Broi said council was very proud to be a part of this grants program enabling the community to continue providing excellent services.
“It's a great initiative by the council, and it’s good to see the community groups that receive the funding are appreciative and put it to good use,” Councillor Dal Broi said.
“For some of these groups, it’s their income for the year which means they can keep their organisation running.”
Communities committee chairwoman Councillor Anne Napoli said it was incredibly rewarding to see so many once again take advantage of the opportunity.
“It’s really good to see the community getting behind it and putting applications in. Through that we are able to help them with their projects,” Cr Napoli said.
“When the applications are sent, they need to meet certain criteria and then the committee, made up of councilors and community members, reviews the applications.”
Community Grants Program has two rounds per year which community organisations, services and individuals can apply and are capped at $2500, or $4000 for exceptional projects.
The community grants program is run year in and year out, and are budgeted at the start of the financial year so other works or initiatives run by council does not run at a loss. The official cheque presentation will be held November 20, 2pm at the Council Chambers.
Grants approved include:
- Griffith Shed for Men will receive $2500 for a community gathering area/under cover car park
- Tharbogang Public School P&C Association will receive $2500 for their Riding for Focus pilot program
- Griffith Pony Club will receive $2398.50 for the replacement of essential equipment to continue and expand activities
- Griffith Community FM will receive $4000 for a toilet refurbishment