Funding Available to Create a Vibrant Murray

Funding Available to Create a Vibrant Murray
August 27, 2019 Katherine Stevens

Applications that consider and contribute to the vibrancy, health and inclusivity of the Murray community are invited from not-for-profit organisations and groups, as part of round one of the 2019/20 Community Assistance Partnership Fund.

The Fund, a partnership between Alcoa and the Shire of Murray, invites applications three times each financial year with round one closing on 31 August, 2019 for projects commencing after 14 October, 2019.

According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt the Fund enables the Shire, in partnership with the community, to identify, prioritise and implement community-led initiatives.

“Applications could seek funding in order to build and strengthen organisational capacity or sustainability, to deliver community beneficial events, projects, programs or facilities, or simply to address a well evidenced need, effectively contributing toward building a vibrant, inclusive and healthy community.

“Projects must align with the Shire’s Murray 2030 Strategic Community Plan, by fulfilling a community need whilst supporting the district’s strategic direction.

“Community groups can submit funding applications for multiple projects providing the grant request total does not exceed the $3,000 limit per group per annum,” Cr. Bolt said.

Applications for rounds two and three will be invited in November 2019 and March 2020 respectively.

Successful applications in round three of the 2018/19 Fund included a new hot water system for Horsepower Mandurah Murray, an off-grid solar and battery power system for Pinjarra Community Garden, Friends of Edenvale’s 2019 Pinjarra Garden Day, Coolup Progress Association’s Community Christmas Party and South Yunderup Residents and Ratepayers Association’s 2019 Carols by the Canals event.

“Not-for-profits organisations, associations and groups are integral contributors to the local economy and play an important role in enhancing and bolstering community spirit and pride,” Cr. Bolt said.

Other funding opportunities available to Murray individuals and community organisations include the Community Sponsorship Fund, Dwellingup Community Assistance Scheme and Community Facility Fund.

“The Community Facility Fund aims to assist community groups in upgrading, extending or constructing fit-for-purpose sport, recreation and community facilities in order to improve the well-being and quality of life for our residents,” Cr. Bolt said.

As part of the Shire’s 2019/20 budget adoption, $4,853 was allocated from the Community Facility Fund toward kitchen upgrades at the North Pinjarra Hall and the installation of an additional air-conditioning unit.

The works were identified as community priority items within the North Pinjarra Revitalisation Plan and Community Plan, and will further complement the Precinct’s recent playground installation.

Community Facility Fund applications are invited once a year for Council consideration, with groups able to apply for up to one third of the total project cost. Applications close 30 April each year.

For further grant information and to download application forms click here or contact the Shire’s Community Development team on (08) 9531 7777 or at mailbag@murray.wa.gov.au.

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