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Hepburn Shire Council Coronavirus Community Support Grants

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Council has awarded more than $20,000 funding to a wide range of projects under its Coronavirus Community Support Grants Program.

Mayor Cr Licia Kokocinski said the aim of the grants were to support and sustain the community throughout and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know these are hard times for the community with many normal activities not possible right now,” said Cr Kokocinski.

“Council sees these grants as offering some encouragement and hope to our residents, to help meet the needs of different parts of the community,” said Cr Kokocinski.

The funding, approved at last night’s Ordinary Council meeting, has been split over four categories – Quick Response Grants, Arts and Culture Grants, Sport and Active Recreation Grants and Community Support Grants.

“We received 22 applications from all parts of the Shire, covering everything from a food relief program and online karate courses to installing hand sanitiser dispensers and firewood assistance.”

“The applications that received funding demonstrated the project’s relationship to COVID-19 related resilience and recovery objectives and potential beneficiaries,” said Cr Kokocinski.

The funding for the grants has been drawn from existing programs whose implementation has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Congratulations to all the successful applicants and thank you for the efforts you are putting into helping us all through this tough time,” said Cr Kokocinski.


Project name Organisation Description Grant amount awarded
Seed Saving Workshops Hepburn Seed Savers auspiced by Sustainable Hepburn Association Inc Four seed saving and propagation workshops delivered virtually and face to face. $900
Futureproofing Wholefoods Hepburn Wholefoods auspiced by Sustainable Hepburn Association Inc Purchase trolley and shelving to meet demand since moving online. $1,000
Online (Zoom) kids Karate Daylesford Martial Arts Tang Soo Tao Two weekly free children’s martial art classes. $1,000
Artistic enhancement of hand sanitiser dispenser to promote arts and culture tourism in Clunes Clunes Tourist and Development Association Engaging local artist to design stands for hand sanitiser dispensers with an agricultural theme. $500
Community Groups Who Can Creswick Neighbourhood Centre COVID-19 specific governance training for Community Groups. $1,000
Useful Weeds of Hepburn Guidebook Brenna Quinlan Free online foraging guidebook encouraging outdoor activity. $750
Computers and Table Tennis Daylesford Table Tennis Association Purchase a laptop to enable online connectivity and develop the online skills of older members. $743
Build Resilience for a COVID Environment St. John’s Church Creswick – Anglican Parish of Springmount auspiced by St John’s Guild Creswick Reopen the monthly emergency relief program at St John’s Hall Creswick. $1,000
Emergency Food Assistance: Clunes 3370 Anglicare Victoria Provision of immediate food relief (100 @ $10 Clunes IGA vouchers) $1,000
Laughter Lines: 60+ years portrait photography Ann Jeffree Photographer auspiced by Clunes Neighbourhood House Photographic portraits of Clunes residents 60+ to capture the strength and humour during COVID. $1,000
Pip and Tom: A Flying Genie Adventure Adica Arts Pty Ltd The production of two short films focused on building resilience in children during COVID19. $1,000
Community Yoga Le Yoga Daylesford Venue hire to support three free 90-minute yoga classes per week for ten weeks. $1,000
Return to Play Daylesford Volleyball Association Hand sanitisation to support a COVID safe return to play. $500
Provision of automatic hand sanitiser dispensers for Clunes businesses and community events. Clunes Tourism & Development Association Provide 12 stand-alone, on street, automatic hand sanitiser dispensers to shops and community operators. $2,410.55
Audio, Video and Conferencing capacity for Community Groups and Education Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre Equipment to expand the Centre’s capacity to link community groups to their members and stakeholders in an online environment. $2,500
Recovering from COVID-19 Secrets Magazine Reduced cost advertising packages for two editions of Secrets Magazine. $1,500
Emergency Fire Wood Assistance Program: Clunes 3370 Anglicare Victoria Localised firewood assistance in Clunes. $2,500