REGION - Five rural communities in Northern Grampians Shire have shared $25,766 in grants that will help them achieve projects in their halls and community facilities.
Northern Grampians Shire Council's Flood Recovery Team assisted community organisations in Joel Joel, Halls Gap, Glenorchy, Kooreh and Marnoo apply for the small grants, funded through the foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal with funding from the Percy Baxter Trust, the Rees Family Foundation and other philanthropic donors.
The five grants were awarded to:
Joel Joel Hall Committee - $3,000 to install solar power.
Halls Gap Botanic Gardens - $4,830 to install a shelter, water tank and signs.
Glenorchy Hall - $12,319 to build a barbecue and playground area.
Kooreh Hall - $4,550 to paint, install storage and restore memorabilia.
Marnoo Hall - $1,067 to install window blinds.
Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Wayne Rice said the grants were very much appreciated as the small projects they would pay for would not have been achievable for the communities otherwise.
"These projects might seem small, but for the communities, they are a huge boost because the FRRR grants are fully funding these improvements." he said.
Halls Gap Botanic Gardens president Margo Sietsma said the grant their committee received was very much appreciated.
"Without this grant, the shelter, water tank and new signs would not have been possible," she said.