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Community groups committed to supporting and enhancing Greater Geelong’s unique natural environment will share funding of $43,530 to get their projects off the ground.

The Council has awarded the second round of 2021-2022 Environmental Sustainability Grants, ranging from $850 to $10,000, following recommendations from an independent review panel.

The Geelong Ballroom Dance Club received a $10,000 grant to power the Hamlyn Heights hall with a 22 kW solar system.

A grant of $8,580 will enable the Batesford, Stonehaven, Fyansford Landcare Group to continue weed control and native plant revegetation work with community members in the Moorabool River Reserve.

The SpringDale Neighborhood Center in Drysdale plans to use its $2,000 to build Bokashi garden beds, which it will use to educate and encourage community members to recycle their food waste, with Bokashi buckets available on loan.

Other recipients include Friends of Ramblers Road, Geelong West Community Garden Group, Mark Jukic Ceres Community Association, Springdale Community Garden and Koala Clancy Foundation.

At the May Board meeting, the Board approved updated guidelines for the 2022-2023 grants, which include the introduction of the new Climate Change Partnership Grants.

This strand will support projects that will help Greater Geelong achieve community net zero emissions, while increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The 2022-2023 Community Grants – such as Community Infrastructure, Climate Change, First Nations Cultural Heritage, Community Events, and Healthy Connected Communities – will open on Saturday, June 4.

The grants team is available on 5272 5560 or by email[email protected]

Advisor Jim Mason, President of the Environment Portfolio

I commend community groups for their passion to improve our natural environment and achieve council and community environmental sustainability goals.

The initiatives the council funds will make a tangible difference in our region and I thank the groups for their contributions to Greater Geelong.

Advisor Anthony Aitken, Finance Portfolio Chair

The Council was proud to support local groups through the Community Grants Program.

Community groups are run by volunteers on a shoestring budget, which is why we hope these grants will ease the financial pressure to complete very important projects.

There is over $9 million in grants and community partnerships allocated in the proposed 2022-2023 budget, as the board sees immense value in investing in our community and supporting community-led projects.

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