Local community groups, organisations and youth initiatives impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for a total of $600,000 in Brimbank Council Community Recovery Grants.
This includes a one-off allocation of $200,000 in the 2021-22 Budget provided for Youth Support Grants to focus on supporting initiatives that are either led by young people or co-designed activities that support young people in Brimbank who have been impacted by COVID-19.
The Brimbank Community Recovery Grants Program 2021-2022 offers grants in five categories:
- Recovery Grants (up to $10,000)
- Establishment Grants (up to $1000)
- Community Festival and Event Grants (Up to $10,000)
- Major Festival and Events Grants (up to $25,000)
- Youth Support Grants (Up to $15,000)
Council recognises that a range of community groups and organisations support our diverse community with a variety of needs. The Community Recovery Grants 2021-2022 aim to help them in their work to build community connections, reduce social isolation, and improve the physical and mental health of the community during the COVID-19 recovery.
Eligible applicants can use the grants in many ways. They may be able to help them adapt activities and programs that are normally conducted face to face to online forums, improve digital skills and access online communication channels. Groups may have ideas to promote Brimbank’s culture and diversity, healthy lifestyle, community volunteering, learning and development pathways.
The Community Recovery Grants applications open on Monday 26 July, and close Sunday 5 September 2021. For information on how to apply, or attend an information session or grants writing workshops, visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/grants or call the Grants Hotline 9249 4036.
Quotes to be attributed to Brimbank Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic:
“I encourage local community groups to come to Council with clever and innovative ideas to support our community during this prolonged and devastating public health emergency.
“Our community continues to suffer deterioration in mental, social and physical health, as well as economic hardship and financial stress arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Brimbank Community Recovery Grants Program will assist innovative local recovery solutions needed to respond to these unique challenges and strengthen community resilience.”