Colac Otway Shire Grants Program (Round 2) Supports 37 Projects & Events
September 16, 2020

Facility upgrades, Christmas celebrations, shop facades and solar power systems are among the 37 projects and events sharing in almost $120,000 through round two of the 2020-21 Colac Otway Shire Grants Program.

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Brown said the annual grants program provided important opportunities for community groups, committees, clubs, event organisers and business owners, and Council was pleased to receive so many applications for round two.

“Round one of the 2020-21 grants program was under-subscribed, most likely due to the COVID19 situation, leaving $108,357 unallocated,” Mr Brown said.

“Council resolved to award these unallocated funds through a second round, which includes a new Category 5 for Small Business Energy and Water Efficiency Upgrades.

“Since then, unspent funds of $9,897 have been returned from four cancelled events, bringing the total for allocation in the second round to $118,254.

“Council received fifty-one applications requesting a total of $204,770, and based on assessments of each application, 37 grants were endorsed in round two.

“Together with the $193,246 awarded to 56 applicants in round one, a total of more than $311,000 will be shared across 93 projects in 2020-21.

“This is a great outcome and will provide a much-needed boost and deliver significant improvements, updates and innovative events for our community.

“The Lavers Hill Hall water tanks will be creatively ‘pimped’, the Apollo Bay Show will go online, Colac’s Anam Cara House will enhance a communal courtyard and a defibrillator will be installed for the Cororooke Tennis Club, among the projects funded through round two of our grants program.

“The community will benefit greatly, along with local businesses and tradespeople in many instances,” he said.

“Thank you to everyone, predominantly volunteers, who applied for a grant and congratulations to the successful applicants.”

Council has endorsed the following grants under Round 2 of the Colac Otway Shire Grants Program...

Category 1, Community Grants (Total $75,024)

1 Cororooke Hall (Solar electricity installation) $7,388

2 BCYF (Landscape design an all abilities inclusive outdoor play space) $4,680

3 City United Cricket Club (Replace cricket nets) $1,740

4 Irrewillipe Sports and Entertainment Complex (Security upgrade) $4,377

5 Lavers Hill Hall Committee of Management (Pimp Our Tank – paint the water tanks) $4,079

6 Warrion Cricket Club Inc (Recondition our Mower) $3,850

7 Anam Cara House Colac (Communal Courtyard Area) $2,250

8 Larpent Hall and Tennis Reserve (Footpaths and a cemented apron at the Hall’s entrance) $3,437

9 Colac Legacy Club Inc. (Urgent upgrade to facility) $4,043

10 Wye to Wongarra Landcare (Weed Control) $7,312

11 Apollo Bay Tennis Club (Apollo Bay Tennis Clubhouse Roof Repairs & Ancillary Works) $3,771

12 Forrest Horse Riding Club (Clubroom paving outdoor area) $3,000

13 Forrest Public Reserves Committee (Forrest Hall Heating & Cooling Upgrade) $4,825

14 Colac Imperials Football Netball Club (Website development) $2,243

15 Gellibrand Community House Inc. (Community Sporting Equipment) $1,254

16 Southern Otway Sustainable Inc (Energy Efficiency webinar) $2,850

17 Colac Adult Riding Club (Equipment storage shed) $8,925

18 Birregurra Bowling Club (Replace leaking roof) $5,000

Category 2, Community Events and Support (Total $14,100)

1 Apollo Bay Ladies Golf Club (COVID Bounce Back tournament & bring a friend day) $1,700

2 Colac City Band (Carols by Candlelight) $5,000

3 Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce (Launch the Lights in Apollo Bay – event to light up the pine) $3,500

4 Apollo Bay Arts Inc (Apollo Bay Art Show Goes Global - online) $3,900

Category 3, Small Grants (Total $8,969)

1 Colac Swimming Club (Fit & Connected fitness training equipment) $1,579

2 Colac and District Cricket Association Inc (Helmets for juniors) $960

3 Cororooke Tennis Club (Automated External Defibrillator for Cororooke community safety located outside at tennis courts) $1,450

4 Rotary Club of Colac West (Laser printer & binding machine) $900

5 Lions Club of Colac Inc (Secretary Laptop and Printer) $1,257

6 Birregurra Pre-School (Sandpit revival and new cover) $1,125

7 Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc. (Air filters for machine room) $1,698

Category 4, Building Façade Improvement Program ($5,846)

1 Think Water Colac (Façade refresh) $3,000

2 Iluka Motel & Restaurant (Change the shop frontage) $2,500

3 Hot As Nails & Beauty (Replace out-dated signage) $346

Category 5, Small Business Energy & Water Efficiency Upgrades Program (Total $14,315)

1 Rae Street Relics (Solar Power Installation for Electricity & Hot Water) $3,630

2 Fernhouse (Solar for Fernhouse accommodation) $2,655

3 Steel Fabrication Concrete & Farm Services (Solar Power Installation for Electricity & Hot Water) $1,751

4 Forrest Brewing Company (Hot water environmental efficiency upgrade) $1,279

5 Cardinal’s Milk Supplies (Water catchment (tanks) for wash down area) $5,000


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