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Annual Grants invest in community

30 November 2016

Nearly $815,000 will be invested in the local community next year, with Yarra Council announcing the recipients of its 2017 Annual Grants.

One hundred and thirty-five projects received funding – all aiming to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents and encourage people to participate in the cultural life of Yarra.  

The grants reach out to all areas of the community, with funding awarded to projects across seven categories, including Community Development; Arts and Culture; Family, Youth and Children; Youth-Led Grants; Sport and Recreation; Community Housing; and Environment.

Each project provides valuable services, programs or events that support vulnerable community members and enrich the lives of all.

Among the Annual Grants recipients are the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, who received funding to present a series of free public programs exploring ideas of feminism and female representation in contemporary art; the Centre for Contemporary Photography for a resident photographer in Citizens Park; and Circus Oz who, together with Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, have developed Deadly Elders Circus – a program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, aged 45–90 years old, which aims to promote social connectedness and physical and mental wellbeing.

Smaller culturally and linguistically diverse groups also received support to run events and programs for their communities, Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria, for ‘Yarmarka’ – a Russian Fair and cultural festival; and the Afghan and Iranian Women's Group in the City of Yarra, for 47 weekly social meetings, to be held at Collingwood CoHealth.

Council has allocated a total of $2,069,319 for a range of community grants in the 2016/17 financial year. This includes Annual Grants, Community Grants and Small Project Grants programs. For every $1 invested in community grants, there is a $4 return in terms of leverage funding, which is a significant cost-benefit.. 

A full listing of Annual Grants recipients can be viewed on Council’s website.

 

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