Grants program expands to assist more community groups

Published on 15 July 2019

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The Town of Victoria Park launched its 2019–2020 grants program today, with more community groups able to apply for funding than in previous years.

Up to $10,000 each is now available for community groups through two types of grants: community and place grants, with Urban Forest Strategy grants planned for later this financial year.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the Town is committed to the success of community groups in the area.

“Community groups provide many valuable services within the Town, and our grants program is just one way we can support these groups in return for the hard work they do,” he said.

“Financial assistance is often hard to come by, which is why the Town is pleased to offer grants to more types of community groups than ever before – so it’s time to get that idea funded.”

Community grants are designed to increase the capacity of community groups, businesses, clubs and organisations in the Town to implement projects, activities and programs that enhance and promote community wellbeing in the Town.

Place grants assist ‘town teams’ and place-based groups to improve the district’s places. A town team is a group of residents, businesses and landowners working collaboratively to improve their local neighbourhood. Initiatives could include things like physical improvements, a business development project, or a town centre marketing initiative.

East Victoria Park charity St Mary’s Outreach Service received funding of more than $7,000 last year through the Town’s community grants. Board Secretary Matthew Ghobrial said the Town is “passionate about their community and making a real difference.”

“If you are thinking of applying, consider how your idea and initiative serves others. The Town is helpful, with a lot of experienced staff who can assist and offer friendly advice to help start an application,” Mr Ghobrial said.

Grant funding from the Town enabled St Mary’s Outreach to offer a broader range of services, including a “quality home cooked meal with dessert” to about 35 people a week, and a pop-up health clinic servicing more than 20 patients, many of whom are regulars.

“Some of our guests claimed not to have visited a doctor in 20 years,” Mr Ghobrial said.

Community grants applications close 5pm Friday 16 August 2019. Place grants are open all year. Visit www.victoriapark.wa.gov.au/grants for more information and to apply.

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