The Council has launched a new category in its popular Community Grants Program to help support projects that are planned, driven and delivered by young people for young people.
The new Youth Participation Grants will provide funds of up to $1,000 for eligible projects, activities and events, which may include leadership programs, fundraising projects, healthy living initiatives and other youth-led ideas.
The guidelines for these grants were developed and reviewed with the assistance of local young people.
“This is an exciting development in a program that is highly valued by our community,” said Mayor Cr Justin King. “As our recent Australia Day awards showed, we have a wealth of passionate and energetic young people who are committed to making Benalla Rural City a better place for everyone to live. This is a tangible way that we can support them in their activities, while they gain valuable insights into civic life and how local communities are run.”
The Community Grants Program provides an opportunity for community groups and not-for-profit organisations to seek funding of up to $2,500 annually to assist in the development of facilities, programs, activities and projects that will assist in building healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities across the municipality.
“Community organisations are great multipliers of our investment in them, and they can do great things even with modest amounts of money,” Cr King said.
An interactive information session on these and other grants, including representation from the Tomorrow Today Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, has been planned for 7-8.30pm, Tuesday 17 February, at the Somewhere Fabulous Fodder café in Bridge Street. People should RSVP to the Community Development Department on (03) 5760 2600 and can also contact the department if they require further information and support around the grant application process. A youth-focused session will be announced in February.
Applications for the grants close on Wednesday 25 March, and will be awarded in May.
Under the 2014-15 Community Grants Program, $61,623 was allocated to 36 community based organisations. The Council also offers a year-round Community Sponsorship Program.