SIX local community groups have had their projects' funding matched dollar for dollar in Shire of Mundaring's latest Matching Grant round.
Shire President John Daw said the grants were offered twice a year subject to financial availability.
"The Matching Grant program awards grants up to a maximum of $2000 to groups whose projects meet the needs of the local community," he said.
"Successful recipients are then required to match exactly the grant awarded by the Shire so that the grant makes up fifty per cent of the project's total funding.
"It's an excellent way to help community groups acquire new equipment, undertake training, and repair or update existing facilities," said Cr Daw.
Hills Raiders Basketball Association treasurer, Natalie Massam, said a grant of $1300 awarded in the 2017/18 Matching Grant round would allow the association to carry out administrative functions more efficiently.
"Purchasing two new laptops, software and equipment will allow the association's secretary and treasurer to fulfil their duties in a more effective and streamlined manner," Ms Massam said.
"Previously committee members used their own computers to complete their duties. By having laptops available for each role, the information will stay with each laptop...enabling information to be shared and stored for better communication and ease of access."
Glen Forrest Primary School P&C president, Sharon Hillman, said a Matching Grant of $2000 awarded in the same round had allowed the group to purchase a new oven for the school canteen.
"The school canteen was struggling with an old, domestic oven, which broke often. This new, fit-for-purpose, commercial oven allows for better quality food to be prepared in a much shorter time," Ms Hillman said.
Since its installation the $4000 oven has allowed canteen staff to prepare a greater variety of baked goods for students.
"The oven is more reliable and overall it means the canteen can provide a better service to students and the school community.
"An added benefit is that when community events are run at the school we can better meet any additional catering needs.
"The Glen Forrest Primary School P&C fundraises every dollar it gets, which can be really hard work. Without community grants like the Shire's Matching Grant, we just wouldn't be able to make our fundraised dollars stretch far.
"The support of the Shire through grants like this lifts community spirits and benefits so many people," Ms Hillman said.
Ms Massam agreed that Matching Grant was an important initiative.
"[Matching Grant] is very important. It shows the Shire is actively involved and supportive of all community groups; willing to improve their processes, grow their member base and assist volunteers in their roles," she said.
For more information about the Shire's Matching Grant program visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au
Successful recipients of the 2017/18 Matching Grant
|Hills Raiders Basketball Association||Laptops, accessories and software|
|Mundaring Tennis Club||Club room ceiling replacement|
|Glen Forrest Primary School P&C||Replacement oven for school canteen|
|Swan Hill Karate Fundraising Association||First Aid Training|
|Eastgate Church||Bathroom upgrade|
|Helena Hornets Netball Club||Team kit bag re-supply|