Applications for the Community Grants scheme are now open for 2018!
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, a total grant pool of $35,000 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 2018
Applications close 1 June 2018
Assessment June 2018
Grant outcomes notified by email July 2018
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 PREVIOUS 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.
Tocumwal Public School -$4,000
The grant funds will allow Tocumwal Public School to continue to run a program for it's 160 students delivered by the Blueearth Foundation - a national not-for-profit who's focus is to create and maintain student well being through physical activity. t not only teaches children the enjoyment and fun of being physically active in a non-competitive environment, it draws on their feelings, reactions and thoughts and draws key developmental learning back into the classroom settings and into their lives.All teachers at Tocumwal Public School will be involved in the program and will be trained in the Bluearth approach ensuring the long term sustainability of the program.
As well as running the program within the school, information and practical sessions will be run for families, community members and community groupswithin the Berrigan Shire. This will assist with ensuring that the Bluearth philosophies are heard throughout the community and Berrigan Shire.
Tocumwal Optimists -$3,000
Tocumwal Optimists raises funds to support projects in the local community - e.g. primary schools for awards and other activities, friends of Tocumwal Library, family pool memberships, interstate drought assistant, Angel Flight. The grant funds will be used to provide funds for disadvantaged families to purchase season tickets to the Tocumwal pool.
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 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.