Applications for the Community Grants scheme have closed for 2017. Applicants will be advised of the outcomes of their applications in mid July.
Strawberry Fields is proud to have been held in the Berrigan Shire since 2011, and we are incredibly grateful to the residents who have welcomed the festival and its attendees’ year after year.
We want the event to have a positive lasting impact in the Shire, and proudly introduced the Strawberry Fields Community Grants program in 2015. By setting aside a portion of every ticket sale to the festival and fundraising through activities on-site such as the Wildlands Community BBQ, a total grant pool of $25,000 is now available to support initiatives which enhance community economic development and improve the quality of everyday life in the region.
- Applicants must be organisations based in the Berrigan Shire
- Proposed initiatives must aim to contribute to community economic development and improve the quality of everyday life in the region
- Proposed initiatives must be able to be delivered within 12 months and demonstrate sustained and ongoing benefits for residents in the Berrigan Shire
Application form available 1 May 2017
Applications close 30 June 2017
Assessment July 2017
Grant outcomes notified by email August 2017
When determining the allocation of funds under the grants program each year, consideration will be given to the following factors:
- Quality of the application - practicality of proposed initiative, resourcing, constraints etc
- The number of residents in the Berrigan Shire who will benefit from the proposed initiative
- Whether benefits will be ongoing or are of a one time nature
- Track record of the applicant in delivering projects of similar scale and nature
- Current availability of funding for the proposed initiative
- Level of community support for the proposed initiative
EXAMPLES OF 2016 GRANT WINNERS
Tocumwal Community Development Committee - $5,000
The Tocumwal Community Development Committee Inc (TCDC) was formed January 2012 with the aim of developing and fundraising for projects which will benefit the Tocumwal Community e.g.: building projects, events, other projects that attract tourists to our town. Prompted in part, by consultation undertaken as part of the development of the Berrigan Shire 2022, the TCDC includes representation from Rotary, Lions, Tocumwal Golf and Bowling Clubs, Foreshore Committee, Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce and business people.
The Strawberry Fields grant will allow TCDC to complete engineering plans for Stage 2 of the Information Centre redevelopment – specifically a Café above the centre overlooking the Murray River. Completion of these plans will also allow TCDC to apply for further government funding for the redevelopment.
Biralee Pre School, Finley - $2,800
Biralee Pre School is a not for profit volunteer committee run early childhood learning centre and After school/ vacation care provider (OOSH). It provides quality pre school education for over 60 families in and around Finley. The OOSH program is providing quality after school and vacation care for school age children from working families in the Berrigan Shire and surrounds. The school has recently expanded its building and play ground area to successfully increase it’s licence to 50 children each day. The play ground area is currently undergoing a transformation to make it more child interactive and stimulating so the children attending Biralee experience a variety of play and learning opportunities. The school’s theme is a natural and sustainable look using many recycled materials to create the play space that is enjoyable, safe and educational for all that attend.
The Strawberry Fields grant will allow Biralee to run several community based work shops on sustainable living (ie. composting, worm farms, fruit fly control, keeping poultry, vegetable growing and building/landscaping with recycled and reclaimed materials) and fund a textured pathway made from recycled materials through the front part of the yet to be finished front garden area.
Berrigan Shire Community Spin Space - $1,000
Berrigan Shire Community Spin Space will organise weekly or fortnightly meets in public parks and spaces within' the community, for interested in learning the art of juggling, spinning, twirling, balancing and performing. The organization provides props for people to practice with while four skilled and enthusiastic performers teach spinning, juggling, hooping and slackline.
The Strawberry Fields Grant will allow the group to hold regular free meets open to the public to learn a variety of these skills.
Berrigan Children’s Centre - $300
Berrigan Children’s Centre is a community based Childcare centre, offering quality Childcare and preschool program for children aged 0-5 years and after school care for 5-12 years. The centre is currently writing a sustainability policy and aims to introduce initiatives that can demonstrate practices to the children for their future and beyond.
The Strawberry Fields grant will allow the centre to build and maintain a worm garden and composting system.