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Thirteen local groups across the shire will share in more than $25,000 worth of funding to make it easier for people to participate in activities that build social connection and encourage physical activity.

Council’s Reactivate Hepburn grants will support a range of projects, from scholarships and sporting subsidies for young people, to attracting new members of local groups across the Shire.

“These grants aim to help organisations and groups to rebuild and create community connections after a challenging 2020,” said Mayor, Cr Lesley Hewitt.

“We are fortunate to have many active groups who have some fantastic ideas for the next few months. Council is very proud to offer these grants as part of our support for COVID-19 recovery,” said Cr Hewitt.

Grants will go towards assisting groups to re-engage volunteers, and promote membership of Men’s Sheds, Life Active Clubs and Senior Citizen groups.

Young people will benefit through subsidised junior memberships for football and netball clubs in Creswick, Trentham and Clunes. Another grant will cover the costs of a fashion sewing course for six young participants in Daylesford.

There are grants to fund first aid and leadership training, and for a guest speaker to visit our region and discuss how art can promote longevity.

“Thank you to everyone who applied for funding through this program. We look forward to hearing about the success of your activities to reconnect our community,” said Cr Hewitt.

The one-off funding program is supported by the State Government’s Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) funding. Grant applications opened in mid-March and closed in early April.

Successful recipients:

Community groupProject nameProject summary Grant funding
Creswick & District Senior Citizens Welfare CommitteeAdvancing senior citizen membership in CreswickSubsidised membership and luncheons to attract new members$2,000
Cool Country Men’s Shed IncReinvigorating Trentham & Districts Men’s ShedSubsidised memberships and open day to attract new members$1,615
Hepburn Wholefoods CollectiveVolunteer training and development – Looking forward, being preparedRe-engaging and building volunteer capacity through training and development$2,254
Trentham & District Life Activity ClubReactivate existing and attract new membersSubsidised memberships, advertising and afternoon tea event to re-engage existing and attract new members$2,098
U3A Hepburn ShireFirst Aid trainingProvision of first aid training for all activity leaders to increase confidence of members attending social and physical activities$2,250
Trentham District Football Netball Club IncFootball and netball registration incentiveAll junior football and netball memberships subsidised supporting existing youth members back to sport and encourage new youth members$2,500
Sprung Circus IncParticipant scholarshipTerm 2 youth scholarship$364
Pavilion Arts & Sustainability PTY LTDCreative renewalArt Gallery event with expert speaker on ‘how the pursuit of art can promote longevity’$1,347.15
Clunes Neighbourhood HouseLeading from experienceEight local volunteer leaders attend a two-day leadership lab focused on community reactivation in Clunes$2,500
Daylesford Neighbourhood CentreThe :xD4 Fashion Club after school sewing programFully subsidised sewing course for six youth participants$1,550
Clunes Football Netball ClubAuskick / Net Set GoFully subsidised Auskick and Net Set Go membership for children in Clunes$2,400
Clunes Men’s ShedNo Project UnfinishedKey projects to attract new membership$1,800
Creswick Football Netball ClubReactivate Creswick FNCSubsidised new Junior, Youth Girls and Senior Memberships$2,490


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