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Check out all the Grants we’ve done this month

October

BETHANY COMMUNITY SUPPORT
This organisation staged its annual ‘Geelong Father of the Year’ award
thanks to an $8,000 grant from GCC. The event at GMHBA Stadium
featured AFL star Wayne Schwass as guest speaker, and attracted
media coverage highlighting Bethany’s programs, which provide
services to victims of family violence and education for
perpetrators who want to change.
 
BARWON NETWORK OF NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSES
A $2,500 grant from GCC will allow this organisation to stage two
events celebrating the artistic and musical talent in our local
communities. The events – ‘Music From the Neighbourhoods’
and ‘Art From the Neighbourhoods’  – provide a supportive
platform for local artists and musicians to display their creativity.
 
LEISURE NETWORKS
A $5000 grant will help this organisation deliver four workshops that
show volunteers from sporting clubs around Geelong how to
effectively embed the state’s mandatory ‘Child Safety Standards’
at their clubs, as well as improve ‘gender equality’
awareness and female participation.
 
ST ALBANS BREAKWATER CRICKET CLUB
This club has struggled to maintain a stable base of committee
members, players and volunteers, so they have turned to ‘TD
Solutions’ to help – assisted by a $1500 grant from GCC.
TD Solutions provides a highly-regarded A-Z package
informing its users how to run a successful community club. 
 
 
94.7 THE PULSE RADIO
A film festival featuring short films from Geelong residents will be
launched at the 2018 ‘Pako Festa’, with prizes provided by The
Pivotonian Cinema. This community radio station will run
film-making workshops for entrants thanks to a $2,500 grant.
 
TOURISM GREATER GEELONG AND THE BELLARINE
GCC will provide a $5000 sponsorship to help this organisation
continue to showcase our city nationally and internationally,
as well as support the local businesses that rely on tourism
to provide jobs to support families in Geelong.
 
GEELONG HARMONY CHORUS
This women’s community choir group has been performing in Geelong
since 1990 and requires two more portable stage tiers to
accommodate their growing membership – the purchase
of which will be assisted by a $3000 grant from GCC.
 
LIONS CLUB OF GROVEDALE WAURN PONDS
A $600 grant will help this club run its highly-successful annual
community raffle where local community groups
sell tickets and all the funds raised by each group 
are directly returned to that group. 

September

ENTERPRISE GEELONG

This organisation delivered its 7th annual ‘Geelong Small Business Festival’,

giving small businesses the opportunity to learn new skills and access

new ideas to boost their productivity and competitiveness.

The celebration was one of eight regional festivals throughout the

state and was held over six weeks, featuring over 50 events.

A $5,000 grant from GCC helped our city recognize the importance

of small businesses to our economy. 

 

GEELONG EAST MENS SHED

This organisation has a membership base of mostly retired gentlemen

who want to help in community and goodwill projects.

A $2,500 grant will help this group undertake a special project to

dismantle garden beds in their community and replace them

with self-watering ‘wicking beds’.

 

BARWON SPORTS ACADEMY

GCC will play a part in four key projects for the Barwon Sports Academy –

the ‘BIS Sport Breakfast’ fundraiser for athletes who make state or national teams,

an ‘Athlete with a Disability’ scholarship, as well as support for the Athletics Program

and the ‘Friends of Barwon Sports Academy’ network –

thanks to a $4,700 grant. 

 

BELLARINE LIVING AND LEARNING CENTRE

A $5,000 grant from GCC will help this organisation conduct

a ‘Living and Learning’ life skills program to help adults

with disabilities link to their immediate community and give

them the opportunity to have a say in the types

of activities and programs they want to participate in.
 
 
MT DUNEED REGIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOL

This school will be able to purchase an FRX Defibrillator,
thanks to a $1800 grant from GCC, that will help
an increasing number of students who have medical conditions,
such as asthma, that can be life-threatening and could require emergency care.

 

August

SAMARITAN HOUSE GEELONG

This organisation provides crisis overnight accommodation and support for homeless people in Geelong,

including a ‘Transition House’ where four men can be supported for up to three months.

This $4,000 grant will assist the next phase of the upgrade to the Transition House.

 

GATEWAYS SUPPORT SERVICES

This organisation empowers and supports children and adults with a disability or

additional needs and their families. This $4000 grant will allow

the organisation to set up an ‘Equipment Library’ of therapeutic items

and equipment that people with a disability or additional needs c

an access to improve their lives.

 

ST PAULS LUTHERAN KINDERGARTEN

A $2,500 grant will help this Kindergarten establish six moveable vegetable gardens

that will form the basis of a new program where students will learn 

how to grow, eat and discuss the origins of natural food. 

 

BELMONT BOWLS CLUB

A $500 grant will help this club continue to provide facilities and activities

to its 400-plus membership base, aged between 50 and 95.

The club provides an important social meeting place

as well as the chance for physical activity. 

July

CITY OF GREATER GEELONG
COGG’s Youth Development Unit completed its ‘Environmental Change Makers
– Young People Leading The Future’ project, thanks to a $2,000 grant from GCC.
This youth seminar involved Geelong school students taking an
active role in the health and wellbeing of their environment. 
 
HIGHTON GIRL GUIDES
This group was in desperate need of funding to help replace doors,
locks, guttering and downpipes for the Highton Girl Guides Hall,
which services its members aged from 5 to 16-years-old. 
A $3,200 grant will help maintain the safety 
of this community centre.
 
ONE IN CHRIST CHURCH

A $500 grant from GCC helped this group host a Youth Conference

which can be a life-changing event for young people, as they
make connections and gain a unique sense of belonging
to their community.
 
GEELONG ADVERTISER MUSIC
SCHOLARSHIP TRUST
This year’s Australian Youth Classical Music Competition brought the
best classical musicians from around Australia to Geelong,
thanks to a $2,000 grant from GCC.
 
HOLY SPIRIT PRIMARY SCHOOL
A $2,000 grant from GCC will help this school upgrade its existing playground
to include sensory elements that are inclusive of all students,
especially those with additional needs.
 
EAST GEELONG FNC
This football and netball club will be able to provide sports trainer opportunities 
to four Deakin University students across its senior and junior teams
in both sports, thanks to a $500 grant from GCC.

June

GEELONG CATS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The ‘Next Gen Diverse Squad’ is an initiative involving the Geelong Football Club,

AFL Barwon and the Geelong Falcons which aims to discover and

develop talent from diverse and indigenous backgrounds.

This ongoing program benefited from a $20,000 grant from GCC.

 

GMHBA

This organisation is leading a consortium of other high-profile organisations – from business,

government and community sectors – in an important initiative to increase the level

of physical activity of our citizens. This program seeks to create general health

outcomes for our city and it will benefit from a $5000 grant.

 

ROTARY CLUB OF BELMONT

A $4000 grant helped this organisation host a significant charity luncheon at the

Geelong Football Club to raise funds for Headspace Geelong and mental health.

Headspace Geelong provides a place where people between the ages of

12 and 25 who are going through a tough time can talk to someone.

 

GEELONG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

This collaborative ensemble of over 60 artists provides inspiring music that enriches our

cultural life in Geelong. Thanks to a $4000 grant from GCC, they will

be able to stage four concerts at Geelong’s Costa Hall this year.

 

ST MARYS SPORTING CLUB

A $500 grant will help support this local club’s player development program,

part of which will provide education to its participants about issues

such as drugs, alcohol, bullying and mental health problems

like depression and anxiety.

 

GEELONG SWIMMING CLUB

This local club caters for all types of swimmers – from developmental to those competing

at the national level – and will benefit from a $500 grant

towards the purchase of a video camera for coaching techniques

and two portable timing clocks.

 

May

ROTARY DISTRICT 9780

A $5000 grant allowed this group to hold the District 9780 Conference

at Barrabool Hills Centre for nearly 500 members from different

rotary clubs throughout the district.

 

GEELONG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

This organisation is one of Australia’s leading regional business bodies, boasting more than

750 members and a long, successful history of advocating on behalf of

Geelong business and GCC is set to become a ‘Silver Corporate

Partner’ of this group for 2017, via a $3,200 sponsorship.

 

ROSEWALL NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE

This community group held a free family festival called ‘Going Potty’ in Geelong’s northern

suburbs that benefited from a $2,500 grant from GCC. The festival provided hands-on

arts and outdoor experiences for nearly 1000 people, as well as performances

from local groups, food and family entertainment.

 

DOWN SYNDROME VICTORIA

This state-wide organisation which represents people with Down Syndrome and their families hosted

an event called ‘Step UP’ for Down Syndrome. A $1000 grant helped fund

this walk and family day along the Geelong waterfront.

 

SOUTH GEELONG PRIMARY SCHOOL

A $500 grant will help this school run its annual ‘Community Carnival’, which

is the school’s major fundraiser each year to help support their students with better

resources, such as learning iPads, playground improvements and welfare materials.

 

CITY OF GEELONG BOWLS CLUB

A $500 grant will help this club hold its annual Geelong district tournament,

which invites bowlers from outside the club to enter.

 

April

GEELONG FOOD RELIEF CENTRE

This non-for-profit volunteer food bank services people who require emergency

food around Geelong. Unfortunately, the demand for free food is rising,

and therefore the Centre has had to install a new cool room

to store perishable items in their North Geelong warehouse.

A $10,000 grant from GCC will ensure this new cool room

can be installed to better support those in need.

 

NORLANE WEST SCOUT GROUP

This group provides engaging educational experiences for young people and will be able

to send its members to a week-long camp called ‘Cuboree’ in Gembrook

thanks to a $5000 grant from GCC.

 

MARK WEST FOUNDATION 

A $1500 grant will help this organisation continue to provide scholarships to disadvantaged

children so they can cover the costs of playing local football.

 

MND VICTORIA

A $1000 grant will help MND Victoria hold a live music concert in

Geelong called ‘Rock Off MND: A Night To Make A Difference’

to raise funds and awareness of motor neuron disease.

 

GEELONG CROSS COUNTRY CLUB

This community organisation promotes an active and healthy lifestyle, made up of 200 members

who compete in races every Sunday around Geelong. A $500 sponsorship

will help offset the costs associated with running the 2017 season.

 

QUEENS PARK GOLF CLUB

This club with over 500 members is one of Geelong’s most popular golf courses

for casual players and will benefit from a $500 sponsorship this year.

March

GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE

This organisation received $20,000 worth of funding to complete a three-year agreement

it had established with GCC. This grant assisted Give Where You Live during

a period of reduced income in the wake of the closures to Alcoa and Ford in Geelong.

 

VOLUNTEERING GEELONG

GCC is the naming sponsor of this organisation’s new community leadership program, called ‘Emerge’.

This program provides opportunities for volunteer leaders to learn new skills and strategies

to be effective in their expanding roles – by exposing them to topics and

environments that will challenge these people to push through fears and barriers. 

A $5,000 grant from GCC will help this program be implemented over a six-month period.

 

GEELONG HIGHLAND GATHERING ASSOCIATION

This organisation received a $3000 grant to help stage the 2017 Victorian State Pipe Band

Championships and Highland Dancing and Scottish Heavy Games competition,

providing high quality entertainment for Geelong families.

 

YS MENS CLUB OF GEELONG

A large outdoor LED screen and accompanying facilities was a key feature of this year’s

‘Carols in the Park’ event on Christmas Eve, which attracted 1000 spectators. 

This organisation purchased this big screen thanks to a $2,500 grant from GCC.

 

BELMONT HIGH SCHOOL

A $2000 grant from GCC helped this school develop a unique in-schools music workshop

that focuses on skill development, song-writing, studio recording and live performances.

The program also raises awareness for the autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis.

 

GEELONG CANOE CLUB

TD Community Solutions is a comprehensive ‘A-Z’ guide to running a community club,

providing a library of 150 short instructional video and an online ‘filing cabinet’ of

spreadsheets, document templates and other information on all the key areas of

club operations. This club will be able to purchase a one-year subscription

to improve their club thanks to a $1,350 grant.

 

ONE IN CHRIST CHURCH

A $500 grant you helped make possible will allow this organisation to hold

a potentially life-shaping Youth Conference where young people in Geelong

go on a journey of self-development, enhancing their personal skills

and character traits.

February

1) ROYAL GEELONG YACHT CLUB ($20,000)

Geelong Connected Communities was a sponsor of the Shoreside Festival Sponsor for the 2017 Festival of the Sails, which attracted huge crowds

to Geelong’s waterfront precinct. A grant from GCC allowed this organisation to make their Australia Day Celebrations something very special, providing a

variety of activities for families as they celebrated the public holiday. Thank you for helping us deliver such a memorable celebration for so many families around Geelong.

 

2) BLUEBIRD FOUNDATION ($3,500)

A renowned early childhood musical expert, Dr John Feierabend, brought his expertise to Australia to present a music and movement curriculum

for teachers and students, via the Bluebird Foundation. The five-day course, called the First Steps in Music, benefitted from a grant from GCC.

 

3) SECONDBITE ($5,000)

A grant from GCC helped this organisation repair one of its refrigerated vans so it could get back on the road and continue to deliver fresh,

nutritious food to people in need around Geelong.

 

4) GEELONG RANGERS SOCCER CLUB ($1,000)

This organisation staged the Geelong Pre-Season Cup, which is an annual event that brings the city’s soccer community together, thanks in part

to grant from GCC. Crowds of more than 500 people per night attended the matches during the 16-match tournament.

 

5) GEELONG TENNIS CLUB ($3,000)

The Geelong Junior Grass Court Gold Championships is the premier junior tennis tournament in the region, attracting 250 of the state’s top players

as well as a team from China. A grant from GCC helped this organisation stage this four-day tournament in Geelong.

 

6) GEELONG ONE FIRE RECONCILIATION GROUP

This organisation, thanks to a grant from GCC, was able to employ a local young adult Aboriginal person and a trainee assistant to coordinate

the Reconciliation in the Park event that will be held in Johnstone Park – as part of National Reconciliation Week coming up in May this year.

January

1) PIVOT SUMMIT INC ($5,000)
This event was a worthy showcase of how Geelong can benefit from future advances in technology and entrepreneurship. International guest speakers were among those who wowed the audience on the first day at The Arena, and there was more to see at the Community exhibit held in Geelong’s cultural precinct on day two.

 

2) LAZARUS COMMUNITY CENTRE ($5,000)
This project will provide a safe place for homeless individuals to shower, wash clothes, eat, participate in recreational activities and generally feel supported by the community.

 

3) GORDON AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE ($5,000)
This grant will go towards the 2017 edition of these awards, which highlight the outstanding commitment of students in academic,
career and personal achievement, community involvement and leadership.

 

4) DEAKIN UNIVERSITY – #HC2CH ($5,000)
This grant will help this institution fund a research project called ‘Hubcaps to Creative Hubs’, or #HC2CH, which seeks to document
community-led creative activities that are spurring a grassroots transformation of Geelong.

 

5) NORTH GEELONG SECONDARY ($3,000)
This College has developed a special skills program to help a group of 20 students identified as being at risk of disengaging and not fulfilling their full academic potential.

 

6) KARDINIA PARK STADIUM TRUST ($5,000)
This grant will assist this group to pay for a business case into the potential development of a ‘Geelong Sports Discovery Centre’
to be included into the next stage of the Stadium’s overall redevelopment.

 

7) LIONS CLUB OF GEELONG ($5,000)

This grant will help over 100 disadvantaged children between 8 and 11 attend a five-day ‘wilderness’ camp where kids will engage in a range of outdoor activities.

 

8) GEELONG FISHING CHARTERS ($2,500)

This organisation needed life jackets for a fully wheelchair accessible chartered fishing vessel and a grant from GCC will allow them to make that purchase.

 

9) BARWON VALLEY SCHOOL ($2,500)
This Geelong-based school will be able purchase and install a new in-ground trampoline for their students to enjoy, thanks to a grant from GCC.

 

10) BARWON NETWORK OF NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSES ($2,000)
This organisation held a celebration of creative talent in local communities, called “From the Neighbourhoods”, which gave musicians
and artists the chance to perform and display in a supportive environment.

 

11) STEIGEN PTY LTD ($1,000)
This grant helped athletes from all over Victoria come to Geelong’s Landy Field to participate in the “Steigen Spectacular” – an event staged to promote and showcase athletics.

 

12) GALAXY FC UNITED ($1,000)
This newly-formed club represents Geelong in the top league in Victoria with 100 registered players throughout its different teams –
and will benefit greatly from this grant as they continue to provide a pathway to the highest level.

 

13) HERNE HILL BOWLS CLUB ($1,000)
A grant helped this club purchase more aluminium seating for their elderly membership base. The club has nearly 200 male, female, junior and social members.