Attendees participated in a workshop on the topic of ‘Developing Volunteer Management Plans’. This offered the opportunity for participants to upskill, and to grow and strengthen their community group, by learning about best practice relating to recruitment and retention of volunteers. Volunteers were thanked for their contribution and acknowledged with a small afternoon tea, a certificate of recognition and an address by the Shire President around the IVD theme - "Together We Can, Through Volunteering".
See photos of the event in the 'Gallery' and a video of local volunteers talking about their volunteer experiences in 'Videos'.
Restart Grant – up to $500
This grant is designed to respond quickly to community and business requests for small initiatives and items that will assist them in recovery and 'restarting'.
Examples of funding requests at this level include training, equipment, website enhancement, printing and promotions and implementing COVID-19 safety measures.
Reconnect Grant - $501 to $2500
This grant is to support initiatives that benefit community groups and their members and local business and industry. Business applications at this level must demonstrate a collective benefit to their sector and the broader community.
Examples of funding requests at this level are insurance, advertising, promotion, equipment, engaging consultants and training.
Rebuild Grant - $2501 to $10,000
This grant is to support initiatives that are of wider community or economic benefit.
Examples of funding requests at this level are strategy development, staff wages, website creation, partnerships development to implement initiatives, IT hardware and software upgrades.
Resilience Grant - $10,000+
This grant is available for large-scale initiatives that will generate broad community or economic benefit.
Examples of funding requests at this level are programs and initiatives that build capacity of community, enhance business partnerships and networks, workshops, mental health initiatives and tourism campaigns.
Organisations in receipt of this level of funding will enter into a service agreement with the Shire.
For more information on how to apply and to download the Grant Guidelines, please visit our website.
The Fund aims to help the Shire partner with community members to deliver a range of programs and initiatives that build community resilience and connectedness.
The tiered grants program is part of a significant COVID-19 relief and recovery budget allocation endorsed by Council this month which includes:
Shire President, Cr John Daw, said the Recover Together – COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund was the largest grants program in the Shire’s history.
“Through extensive consultation community and business representatives have told us they have faced a number of hardships since the pandemic began,” he said.
“I am pleased to announce that those who are doing it tough will soon be able to apply for Restart, Reconnect, Rebuild or Resilience grants through the Recover Together Fund.
Cr Daw said eligible groups and businesses could consider one of four funding levels, ranging from $500 to over $10,000.
“We are proud to invest in our community through this Fund,” he said. “Each level is designed to help build community and economic resilience and connectedness within our shire in a responsive and timely manner.”
Applicants to the Fund will be required to demonstrate ongoing community or economic benefit and that programs address the impacts of COVID-19.
Cr Daw said this may include programs which improve mental health, community connection, physical health, financial and food security or business and industry conditions.
“Collaboration between a local government and its community is the key to building resilience,” he said.
“I am excited to see how the programs and initiatives supported by these grants contribute to a vibrant and connected community.”
Recover Together application forms and grant guidelines will be advertised next week.
FUNDING TIERS FOR THE RECOVER TOGETHER – COVID-19 RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND
Funding is available for initiatives that will start before 30 June 2021.
Restart Grant – Up to $500. Designed to quickly respond to community and local business and industry requests for small initiatives and items that will assist them in recovery and ‘restarting’.
Reconnect Grant – $501 to $2500. To support initiatives that benefit community groups and their members, and local business and industry.
Rebuild Grant – $2501 to $10,000. To support initiatives that are of wider community or economic benefit.
Resilience Grant – $10,001+. Available for large-scale initiatives that will generate broad community or economic benefit. Organisations in receipt of this level of funding will enter into a service agreement with the Shire.
Volunteering WA has released a useful publication full of tips and guidelines around re-starting volunteer programs and re-engaging your volunteers.
We are seeking volunteers with an interest and skills in information technology to support community members who need help using electronic devices such as mobiles, tablets and laptops.
We also require the help of volunteers who will be supported by the Shire to connect and provide information to community members. Tasks may include ringing to check in and simply ask “are you okay” or spending about an hour distributing important information through letter box drops.
To find out more and to register your interest, please contact the Shire on 9290 6666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.