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Monthly Grants – July 2019

Barwon Health Foundation

Geelong Connected Communities was once again proud to be the naming right sponsor of the 102nd Gala Parade.

Continuing in its twilight timeslot, the parade lite up the streets of Geelong’s CBD with colourful floats, music, sporting heroes, familiar celebrities, as well as Mr and Mrs Claus and much, much more.

The free event raises important funds for the Barwon Health Foundation, while providing the Foundation with a way to say thank you to the community for their generous support.

Parade spectators were given the chance to support the Barwon Health Foundation by purchasing a pin wheel for $2. Money raised on the day will go towards The Kids Appeal Geelong – raising funds for a children’s rehabilitation centre.

A $15,000 ‘Health and Wellbeing’ grant from Geelong Connected Communities allowed this important event to occur again this year – and we look forward to seeing the 2019 instalment later this year.

Geelong & District Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia

A $5,000 Community Projects grant will help this organisation place panels at Vietnam Avenue and Memorial Park in North Geelong, which provide historical  information about the Australian Forces involvement during the Vietnam war.

Lions Club of Geelong Corio Bay

This organisation was able to deliver a family fun day including fairground rides, animal farms, stage performances and an Australia Day ceremony thanks to a $2,000 Events grant that GCC made possible.

Geelong Harmony Chorus

A $1,600 Community Projects grant allowed this music group to establish a new storage shed, which allow them to bring all their equipment into one convenient and secure location.


A community sporting event, called the ‘Steigen Spectacular’, brought some of Australia’s best athletes to Geelong as they competed for Olympic and Commonwealth Games qualifying times, while it also gave Little Athletics Geelong junior athletes the opportunity to participate in the spotlight of an elite level event – assisted by a $1,000 Sport grant.

Geelong Dutch Clubs

This group which aims promote and maintain Dutch culture in the Geelong area was able to to stage its ‘Sinterklaas For Young And Old’ – the premier event of the Dutch Cultural calendar – supported by a $500 Community Projects grant.

Geelong Lawn Tennis Club

A $3,500 Sport grant helped this local sporting club host the Geelong Junior Grass Court Gold Championships, which brings some of the Australia’s highest-ranked players in each age group.