Community gather to celebrate grants

CIGP - Sept18


Organisations gathered at The Cube Wodonga as recipients received their Community Impact Grants awarded at July's council meeting.

Reserve signage, garden tools, theatre and a community Christmas lunch were some of the projects to benefit from the latest round of Wodonga Council’s grants.

In the July round of the community impact grants, almost $30,000 was awarded to 12 groups to deliver a range of programs and events.

The Community Impact Grants provide financial contributions up to $3000 to eligible organisations towards a program, service or event that will benefit the community.

The Rotary Club of Bellbridge Lake Hume Inc's Lake Hume Cycle Challenge received $2000.

They are expecting between 600 and 1000 riders with more than 150 already signed up for next year's event on February 23 and 24.

Treasurer Rob Lees said the grant process was easy to understand and straightforward.

"The process I found, it was thorough, but it wasn't particularly difficult," Mr Lees said.

"Having it all online is an excellent idea and the thing that I appreciated was that you could do a little bit and come back to it later."

The grants are subject to assessment with recommendations provided to the council for determination.

The successful projects from the July round were the following.

  • Rotary Club of Bellbridge Lake Hume for the Lake Hume Cycle Challenge
  • Association of Ukranians in Victoria for the Back to Bonegilla event
  • Rotary Club of Wodonga Central for the Senior Citizens Christmas luncheon
  • University of the Third Age for the Basic Concepts in Economics course
  • Life Saving Victoria for the Open Water Learning Experience program for young people aged between 8 and 18
  • St John Ambulance for signage to improve visibility of St John’s at events
  • Birallee Park Neighbourhood House for the Our Table to Your community cooking program
  • Services for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors for the development of Congolese women’s support group
  • Murray Conservatorium for a music education and performance program
  • Speedforce Sessions for Speedforce on Screen
  • Our Native Garden Nursery for equipment and tools
  • Clyde Cameron Reserve Group for interpretative signs
  • Wodonga Urban Landcare for start-up support for new Landcare focused “Friends of” groups

This was the third year the council has sponsored the City2City run to assist with overheards associated with the event.

The event, which begins in Albury's Dean St and ends in High St, has raised $420,000 for Albury Wodonga Health over the past four years and attracted 16,000 participants.

The next round of community impact grants will be in February next year.