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$375,000 funding for local community groups

Community playgroups, emergency relief networks, disability and carer support services, Indigenous and multicultural groups, environmental organisations, sports clubs and arts and culture groups are among those to share in $375,875 funding from Council’s annual Community Development Fund grants program.

A total of 48 grants were awarded under the 2022-2023 round.

Knox Mayor Cr Susan Laukens said the annual grants awarded to local not-for-profit organisations aimed to encourage and support community activities and initiatives of Knox residents.

“The grants program continues to provide opportunities for local community organisations to plan their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and develop activities and initiatives that will help rebuild community involvement,” she said.

“This year’s grants support the upgrading of sports club equipment, community reconnection activities, cultural celebrations and early years’ play space revitalisation.

“They are also supporting several community welfare projects responding to mental health and family violence issues in Knox, sports programs for First Nations’ children and youth and migrant communities, gardening and sports programs for people living with disability, and local environment and community theatre groups.

“The projects, programs and activities that received grants this year will support many different sectors of the community and enhance the contribution of many volunteers.”

Many worthy and recognisable local organisations will receive funding, including Boronia Bowls Club, Fab Nobs Theatre Inc, Knox Environment Society, Knox Infolink, Koorie Academy, Rotary Club of Bayswater, Rowville Men’s Shed, The Basin Music Festival and many more.

Over the past five years, this Council grants program has provided over $1.5 million to community organisations.

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