A funding boost totalling $160,000 has been distributed across 38 community groups for events to be held across the Mansfield Shire between March and November 2021.
In December 2020, Council announced the successful acquisition of $200,000 in State Government ‘Community Resilience and Recovery’ funding, and recently issued 31 grants of up to $1,000, and 7 grants of up to $25,000 to local community groups.
Mansfield Shire Council Mayor Mark Holcombe said the funding injection is a great opportunity for local community groups and essential for economic recovery.
“This funding will assist our community to recover following the economic and community impacts of the 2019-20 bushfires and ongoing effects of COVID-19.
“We really want to see people coming together again, to boost morale and lift spirits and importantly, give visitors more reasons to travel here and spend money on our towns“ said the Mayor.
The selection criteria encouraged all event organisers to support local suppliers where possible, to ensure the wider business community also receives a boost through the program.
Woods Point Progress Association received $1,000 for their Easter Weekend. Emily Scott, Secretary of the group said the funding came exactly at the right time.
“Our small community needs something to look forward to, and our Easter Weekend event is always a highlight,” Ms Scott said.
“With this additional funding we can make the event bigger and better by offering extra activities and increase capacity to invite even more residents and visitors.”
Merton Recreation Reserve worked with Bonnie Doon, Merrijig and Jamieson Halls, to successfully obtain a $25,000 grant for their ‘Mansfield Halls Music Festival’.
David Neish, from the Merton Recreation Reserve said “The funding is such a great help not only for the music festival, but it will allow us to hold more events in the future.
“This is such a fantastic opportunity, we can’t wait to see our community come together and enjoy themselves after what everyone has endured during recent times” Mr Neish said.
All applications were subject to a rigorous selection process involving eligibility checks by State Government Department of Regional Development Victoria, assessments by the sub-committee of members of the Business and Community Recovery Advisory Committee and Council staff with final sign off by Council.
A second round of applications are now being accepted for the remaining $40,000 of funds.
New community groups as well as previous unsuccessful applicants are invited to apply until 16 April 2021. Council has produced and uploaded a how-to video and offers one-on-one consultations to assist community organisations to apply for this opportunity.