The Victorian Government last week announced $710,000 worth of grant funding will be made available to communities affected by the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires to commemorate the 10-year anniversary.
Murrindindi Shire Mayor Charlie Bisset said Council is glad to see a funding arrangement that will allow communities independence in the way they choose to mark the milestone.
“The ‘2009 Victorian Bushfires Commemoration and Community Development Grants Scheme’ is open to communities and councils within the 21 bushfire-affected areas,” Bisset said.
“Community groups are invited to apply for up to $5000 to fund a ‘commemorative activity’ or ‘community development activity’.
“While the funding is coming from the State Government, grant applications will need to come through Council. We have set up a page on our website where you can download the application form, see the eligibility criteria and find some useful tips on applying.
“Council’s Grants Coordinator will also be available to help anyone and everyone in the Shire who wants to talk through their idea for a project or event, or get some help with their application. We encourage you to get in touch with us sooner rather than later to get the ball rolling.
“We know how important this milestone is and what it means to the community to remember all that was lost and recognise all those who helped. It is our mission to make the grant application process as flexible and easy as possible for those wanting to hold an event or organise a project.
“Grant applications are open from [Monday,] September 10 and close on [Monday,] October 8 with applicants expected to be notified by [Saturday,] November 10 this year,” Bisset said.
“Click here to find out more and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like a hand with your project or event application,” Bisset added.