The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has announced the recipients of 2023-2024 grant funding for Community Development and Events Grants, Easy Grants, Environmental Management Fund (EMF) Grants and Major Events.Community Development and Events Grants were awarded to local projects that foster community resilience, connection and wellbeing. Over $67,500 of funding was allocated to eight initiatives including the Augusta River Festival, the Margaret River Agricultural Show and a surf and ocean program run by Flowstate for youth mental health and wellbeing.
Community Development Easy Grants totalling almost $24,500 were also awarded to eleven organisations in support of smaller projects such as Augusta P&C’s Maggie Dent Talk and Cowaramup Lions Club’s community gardens workshops. Easy Grants remain open until all funds are allocated, while a second round of Community Development and Events Grants will open in the coming months.
Environment Management Fund (EMF) grants reflect the role of community groups, organisations and individuals in driving sustainability and protecting and enhancing our natural environment. EMF grants saw six projects successful in securing a share of over $134,000 in funding, including the Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee’s Regenerative Agriculture Program and the Feral Pig Control Project, Nature Conservation Margaret River’s Ocean Knowledge program, Capes Coastal Conservation and Custodianship programs (plus $15,000 already committed through multi-year funding for the Our Patch program), as well as Margaret River Independent School’s Biodiversity and Cultural Awareness program.
Major Events of State or National significance that attract visitors, generate economic activity, engage the community and promote the region were supported, with the Margaret River Ultra Marathon, Strings Attached West Australian Guitar Festival and Fine Vines Festival among the successful applicants, as well as a Kiteboarding Event slated to run in Augusta in early 2024. A total of $35,000 was awarded to the 2023-2024 Major Events Grant recipients, who join a host of other Shire-sponsored events, which are currently in multi-year agreements.
To find out more about the Shire’s grants program including the full list of successful funding recipients for each grant category visit our Grants page.
Operating Grants which aim to boost the capacity of local not-for-profits to achieve outcomes that benefit the region’s people, places and environment are still open and close at 4pm on Tuesday 19 September.
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