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Residents of Boweya will enjoy upgraded facilities for activities and events, thanks to community action and a Commonwealth grant of $18,125, says Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
The project, which will cost $36,250 in total, has received the grant from the Stronger Communities Programme. Benalla Rural City Council has provided $5000, and the Boweya Community Centre Inc Group has made in-kind contributions.
“Congratulations to the Boweya community which has worked with Council to identify the need for upgraded facilities, developed plans and raised funds to make it happen,” Ms McGowan said.
The Boweya Community Centre is an important hub that supports a range of activities including the CFA and Landcare. The project will increase local community participation and strengthen community connections by providing a meeting space to support a broad range of community activities, events and as an emergency management staging area.
“The upgrade of the Centre will enable the facility to be functional and accessible to a diverse range of community members and groups ensuring that it is inclusive, safe and accessible for all,” Ms McGowan said.
The works include construction and installation of an accessibility ramp, upgrade to electrical fittings and lights, interior and exterior painting of the building including doors and windows, roof works, repairs to utility equipment, and energy efficiency measures.
President of the Boweya Community Group Noel James said the project has been in development for around four years.
“The upgrade means a whole new perspective for the community,” Mr James said.
“This will really bolster the community. We are looking forward to work starting in early 2018.”
Mayor of Benalla Rural City Cr Don Firth said: "We congratulate the community of Boweya on receiving Federal Government funding towards the upgrade. The community has worked very hard to raise funds to improve this asset and it is good recognition of the benefit this work will bring and of the hard work of a number of people."
Further funding for community projects is available through the Commonwealth’s Building Better Regions Fund community stream. Projects under $20,000 do not require matching funding. Information on BBRF here
Wodonga’s families will benefit from additional shade in the Bernie Cox Reserve playground in time for summer, says Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
The Bernie Cox Reserve Shade Project, worth $15,000, will be delivered thanks to the community’s work with Wodonga City Council and a $6,876 grant from round three of the Commonwealth Stronger Communities Program.
“Congratulations to the local community who have worked actively with Council to get the project done in time for the worst of the summer heat,” Ms McGowan said.
Sail shades will be installed over the play area of the Bernie Cox Reserve playground on Clarendon Avenue in the city’s south, making it possible for the space to be used throughout the day.
“This is a great initiative to make a family friendly space even safer, encouraging social participation,” Ms McGowan said.
Wodonga’s Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said: “We appreciate the support and do everything we can to keep our community safe in the hot weather.”
Ms McGowan said more funding for community projects is also available under
round two of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Community Investment Stream.
“I encourage all groups who have a good idea to improve their local community to contact the council and find out how to apply,” Ms McGowan said.
The BBRF Community Investment Stream Provides organisations with grants of between $5,000 to $10 million to fund community activities in regional and remote communities.
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has called for local communities to recommend projects to their RSL for a share of $50,000 from the Commonwealth’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
Expressions of interest close on 8 December 2017 and will be considered directly after by a committee made up of representatives from RSL clubs across Indi and other community members.
“This is an opportunity for ex-service organisations, schools and local groups to put forward projects to commemorate Armistice in their communities,” Ms McGowan.
Communities in Indi have already accessed ANZAC Centenary Grants for 22 projects ranging from the refurbishment of memorials to funding for a play. The Armistice Grants are additional funding from the Federal Government which will be made available from March 2018.
“The work local people have done to honour the sacrifice of service men and women has been inspiring,” Ms McGowan said.
“I am looking forward to seeing what creative projects will be put forward for this funding opportunity.”
Ms McGowan thanked the members of the Indi Centenary Grants Program Committee, who will reconvene to assess the Expressions of Interest. The committee will meet on 11 December to consider submissions, and will invite a selection of project organisers to apply for funding.
Expressions of interest outlining project ideas should be sent to the Office of Cathy McGowan, 115 Murphy Street Wangaratta, VIC, 3677 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Friday 8 December.
Independent Member for Indi is encouraging community groups and local councils across North East Victoria to apply for grants to deliver economic and social benefits to their communities.
The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund Community Stream is open for application with grants starting at $5000. While the maximum amount is $10 million, projects under $20,000 do not require matching funding.
“This makes the opportunity ideal for communities which have many great ideas but are under financial pressure,” Ms McGowan said.
“I’m especially encouraging young people, who have great ideas about how to improve their local communities, to apply.
“Indi communities are well placed to make the most of the funding opportunity, with a great track record of working with local government to get things done.”
Non-profit organisations and local councils are eligible to apply, with applications closing on 19 December.
Under the previous round, Into Our Hands Community Foundation Wangaratta received $18,000 to promote community philanthropy, Australian Women in Agriculture Wangaratta received $20,000 for sessions to assist women with board and governance preparedness, and Parklands Albury Wodonga received $20,000 for a four day horse riding trail pilot ride.
Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (13:48): Today I would like to acknowledge the work of the Indigo Shire Council and the development of the Chiltern 'Heritage Town, Bold Future' project. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the work of the project drivers—Mark Florence, Kate Biglin, Susan Reid, Kevin Mayhew, Joy Lee, Rod Wangman, Anne Bowler, Tony Brown and councillors Barb Murdoch, Sophie Price and Roberta Horne. This project will position the historic town for economic and population growth and create a connected and resilient community. Council has sought funding from the Australian government's Building Better Regions Fund to bring this plan to life. I wish them all the best in their application and look forward to it being delivered.Read more
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools for the exciting digital learning project which has won a $50,000 Digital Literacy Grant.
“The project brings together two really important things young people need for a bright future in North East Victoria – skills in digital literacy, and educators acting together for local solutions,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan, who helped launch the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools Digital Technologies Project on Friday 5 May at Wodonga Senior Secondary College, said students from eight primary and secondary schools across Wodonga would now have greater access to develop skills and confidence with technology.
The project is one of only 54 nation-wide to receive funding.
“The collaboration between the schools means students will have exposure to exciting technologies like 3D printers and robotics,” Ms McGowan said.
“Wodonga is rich in education innovation and this is another step forward for our young people to reach their full potential.”
Ms McGowan congratulated project leader Scott Nugent and Mellisa Long, newly appointed Executive Officer with the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools, for their foresight and commitment to innovation.
“The new Federation is showing results. The work of tertiary educators on the border to provide pathways to employment will be enhanced by a student body who graduate from school with new skills and ambitions.”
Principal of Wodonga West Primary School Ms Jocelyn Owen said the grant would enable government schools within Wodonga to inspire students to be creators of digital technologies.
“We will be able to engage students through Maker Hardware that we previously haven't been able to do as individual schools. This creates a prefect platform for us to develop as educators and embrace these new technologies in every class,” Ms Owen said.
Developing the Digital Creator Community will provide the opportunity to make a real difference, according to Mr Nugent.
“Every student in the Federation will learn computer aided manufacturing, how to code, 3D print and build robots, not just being consumers of technology, but to be the creators of new technologies. This will create a new generation of innovators within our community, creating new local industries.
The Wodonga Federation of Government Schools Digital Technologies project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Digital Literacy School Grants Program.
Here you can find a list of opportunities for funding available to Indi. To keep up to date with the opportunities available, make sure to subscribe to weekly news updates.
Building Better Regions Fund
Applications are open for both funding streams Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments and close on 19 December. Grants of between $5000 and $10 million.
Armistice Centenary Grants Program
Local communities are encouraged to recommend projects to their RSL for a share of $50,000 from the Commonwealth’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program. Expressions of interest close on 8 December 2017 and will be considered directly after by a committee made up of representatives from RSL clubs across Indi and other community members. More information on the Armistice Centenary Grants here.
Stronger Communities Program
The Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for capital projects.These grants are organised through local government
Applications are being considered
Clean Energy Finance Corporation Local Government Finance Program
Financing options for local councils to fund clean energy initiatives. Information here
Local Sporting Champions
Grants to help young people pursue their sporting dreams, assisting with uniforms, travel and other costs.
- Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program
Preserving Australia’s wartime heritage
- Veterans and Community Grants
Funds for projects improving health and quality of life for veterans
New Energy Fund
Victorian Government, community energy projects up to $100,000 for business case, up to $1 million for project. Closes 16 March. Information here
Third grant round is expected to open late 2017
Whites Rural Community Grants
Grants of up to $4000 for children from the country to do something great in their local community
Country Education Foundation
Country Education Foundation (CEF) supports youth through financial grants for education and employment expenses. Grants contribute towards apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, diplomas, certificate level studies, university qualifications or employment.
North East CMA's Landholder and Community Grants
The North East CMA's Landholder and Community Grants program offers community groups, individual landholders and land managers the opportunity to apply for funding for projects that will help manage and improve waterways, fish habitat, wetlands and areas of native vegetation in the North East region.
Applications close 11 October
Border Trust Grants Program
Invites submissions from not-for-profit, community organisations seeking to deliver community based projects within the region.2018 Community Grant Round will open 1st February for projects commencing 1st June. The website will be updated by December.
Small Grants for Rural Communities
Grants up to $5000 are available. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or under. Information her
2017 round closed.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities
$5000 grants for Victorian dairy community projects. Information here
2017 round closed.