Community Grants 2023/2024 Recipients Named

Published on Wednesday, 18 October 2023 at 12:00:00 PM

This week, seven community groups were named as recipients of 2023/24 Shire of Denmark Community Grants after Council approved funding to a combined value of $25,000 at the October Ordinary Council Meeting.

The annual Community Grants program is designed to provide financial assistance to local not-for-profit groups and organisations to help them deliver projects which will benefit the Denmark community.

Successful projects this year were:

  • Domestic Violence Community Education Program and App Launch in Denmark (Breaking the Silence trading as DV Assist)
  • Dance Generators Project – intergenerational community dance project (Denmark Dance Company)
  • Youth Activation Project – youth art exhibition, career expo, acrobatic workshops and performance during the month of April (Denmark Chamber of Commerce)
  • The Sounds of Silent Disco! – purchase of silent disco headphones and transmitters (Denmark FM)
  • The Golden Bat Community Table Tennis Competition – an intergenerational event aimed at increasing youth participation in table tennis (Denmark Table Tennis)
  • Summer Early Music Workshops – for tutor’s fee and scholarship for youth aged 12 -24 (Sarabande Early Music Ensemble)
  • Gingerbread House decorating workshop for young people (Denmark Community Resource Centre)

Applications were assessed by demonstrated need and alignment with both the Shire of Denmark Strategic Community Plan and Shire of Denmark Sustainability Strategy.

Denmark Shire President Ceinwen Gearon said the Community Grants Program is one of many ways the Shire supports community groups locally.

“We’re always really proud of our community when Community Grants time comes around because it’s so wonderful to see all the creativity and energy in our community, with so many groups and organisations working towards delivering positive projects for the benefit of us all,” Dr Gearon said.

“This year, it was particularly pleasing to see so many projects with a youth focus score well in the assessment process, aligning with our community priority of focusing on youth service provision.”

Dr Gearon said the annual Community Grants Program complements the many other avenues through which the Shire supports community groups and organisations each year.

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