ABOUT $1.3 million has been handed back to ratepayers in the form of annual community grants dished out by Kingston Council.
Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos said grants help not-for-profit groups deliver services, programs and special events to the community.
“There are so many fantastic community groups doing great work across Kingston, council is proud to be able to support their efforts,” Cr Staikos said.
The mayor was on hand last Tuesday evening to also thank Chelsea Rotary for its efforts in partnership with council to raise money for the Mentone Scouts group from proceeds of the joint rotary and council-run Kingston Farmers Market.
The market is held on the first Saturday of each month, excluding January, at Highett’s Sir William Fry Reserve.
Some of the community grants allocated for the 2018-19 financial year include:
- $523,819 to support local neighbourhood houses and community centres
- $70,069 to support the Chelsea and Moorabbin SES units
- $46,359 to support local multicultural and seniors groups
- Funding for a range of community feeding programs including $10,000 for Community Care free breakfasts, $8000 for Matt’s Place Community Meals Program, $10,000 for Make a Difference Dingley and $9200 for Destiny Care food hampers
- $3000 each to the Dingley Village Historical Society, Mordialloc Historical Society and Chelsea Historical Society
- $7500 to the Australian National Aviation Museum for an exhibition of women in Australia’s aviation history
- $5000 for bathroom renovations at the Australian Volunteer Coastguard Carrum
Kingston Council also considers smaller grant applications from community groups throughout the year.